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Spotting

Description:

Butterfly party

Habitat:

near a moist spot on the ground near Lisitu, Zambia.

Notes:

We get similar collections near puddles made from the spray that's put on cars when they come onto the farm and have to be treated when foot and mouth is in the area. They seem to like the poison.

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17 Comments

CastleSiavonga
CastleSiavonga 8 years ago

all male I am told

CastleSiavonga
CastleSiavonga 8 years ago

Had some help with this from another site - "There are 8 species in the photo. You will have to match the name to the butterfly yourself, but the species are: Small orange tip (Colotis evagore), Brown-veined white (Belenois aurota), African Veined White (Belenois gidica), African migrant (Catopsillia florella), Common grass yellow (Eurema hecabe), Broad-bordered grass yellow (Eurema brigitta), Veined Swordtail (Graphium leonidas), Bushveld Charaxes (Charaxes achaemenes) and one which is probably an Albatros/Diverse white (Appias epaphia/sabina). In the video there is also an African Common White (Belenois creona) which is not in the photo."

CastleSiavonga
CastleSiavonga 8 years ago

thanks Kathleen and Yuko!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Amazing!

Incredible!

CastleSiavonga
CastleSiavonga 8 years ago

dotun55 - fabulous shots on flicker. Are they yours? Makes me wish for a better camera. The wiki says only males? Does this mean there are 4 kinds of butterflys here? I thought male and females might look different of the same species? So I was thinking only 2 kinds? On the farms they do this in the dip spray that is sprayed on cars as they drive onto the farm. Could this poisen them?

CastleSiavonga
CastleSiavonga 8 years ago

thank you dotun55 - will follow up up.

dotun55
dotun55 8 years ago

This the largest mud-puddling party I've ever seen. Kudos for the shot!
Here are related finds...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotun55/874...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotun55/890...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotun55/889...

You may also want to read this [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud-puddling] to learn more about this butterfly behavior.

CastleSiavonga
CastleSiavonga 8 years ago

Thanks. But they all dressed up in thier glad rags LaurenZarate

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Beautiful picture!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Everyone came for the food and no one brought presents :(

Seema
Seema 8 years ago

mud puddling......feeding on some mineral..

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

Very cool! So many different species. And haha Adarsha, very clever!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Wow! seems like a party there!
But difficult to find whose birthday :P

CastleSiavonga
CastleSiavonga 8 years ago

thanks folks - yes probably getting minerals...

OnengDyah
OnengDyah 8 years ago

Wouw..happy family..wonderful pic Castle...:)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Getting minerals!

CastleSiavonga
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CastleSiavonga

Southern Province, Zambia

Spotted on Mar 20, 2011
Submitted on Jun 20, 2013

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