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The Whitehurst Diaries: Eastern Tiger Swallowtails

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By Sharon Whitehurst.

Grandson Devin and I have been wading in the bend of Big Creek which lies across the road from our lower meadow. Devin had gotten mud to his knees while investigating footprints in the ditch; I managed to create a blister on one ankle by stomping about in rubber boots with no socks.

He slogged and I limped to the bottom of the pasture, where beyond the asphalt road the cool waters of the creek beckoned.

We eased off our boots and left them on the shaley slope leading into sun-dappled water, stirring up clouds of swallowtail butterflies which swirled ahead, just out of good camera range.

I was delighted to find several clumps of the butterflies resting in the shade.
W< gives a wealth of information. -Sharon Whitehurst

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Butterflies of Kentucky: Eastern Tiger Swallowtails

2011-05-08 - Big Creek along Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Sharon Whitehurst and grandson Devin found it was a day of the most butterflies on Mother's Day, May 8, 2011, as they explored the flat rock bed of Big Creek. She writes, "The dark butterfly is explained - if Wikipedia can be trusted, which says it is a 'dark morph' of the female Tiger Swallowtails. Again, there are those Adair Countians who probably have a better knowledge of the details than I do."

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Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtails: Puddling

2011-05-08 - Big Creek along Old Gradyville RD, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
"According to what I've read in Wikipedia, these male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are 'puddling.' They are getting minerals from the mud and water. When males puddle, they congregate, but female Eastern Tiger Swallowtails puddle alone," Sharon Whitehurst notes.

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