“Whatever Was On That Tree They Liked It!”

Those were the words of our son when he saw our pictures of butterflies congregating on a small tree. The butterflies were noticed yesterday at water’s edge while walking along Griggs Reservoir. They were very numerous but dispersed in groups around the tree making a total count difficult. It wasn’t exactly something we had seen before. Usually it’s a butterfly here and another one there. In the past, when seen groups, there’s usually some identifiable substance attracting them and it’s not always something pleasant.

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In this case, whatever the attraction was (perhaps tree sap?), several different species could relate to it, with the Hackberry Emperors being the most numerous and aggressive in their efforts to keep the others away.

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Hackberry Emperors find something good on the bark of a tree.

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After being chased off, a Red Admiral waits it’s turn.

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Not easily bullied, a Question Mark joined in, (Donna).

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After we left the tree a very small but beautiful butterfly was noticed on a clover flower.

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Perched on clover, a very small, very beautiful, Eastern-tailed Blue, (Donna).

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There were also other insects about.

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Stream Bluet Damselflies mating, (Donna).

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More mating, Apple Bark Borer Moth, (Donna).

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There was no shortage of flowers to keep the insects busy.

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Water Willow

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Water Willow

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Emerging Coneflower, (Donna)

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Heart leafed Umbrella-wort, (Donna)

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Take 2.

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Horse Nettle, (Donna)

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Design in green, (Donna)

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Morning Glory casts it’s early morning shadow.

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Rain Garden sunflowers, (Donna)

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Tall Meadow-rue, (Donna)

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Emerging Queen Ann’s Lace, (Donna)

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Our friends the turtles were happy to make an appearance. One river rock appeared to be particularly attractive.

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Scioto River Map Turtles, (Donna)

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Recent rains had brought out some interesting fungus.

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Rhodotus Palmatus, (Donna)

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Common Split Gill, (Donna)

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From below, (Donna)

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Unlike my wife, I spent most of my time looking for birds and other creatures (perhaps a Mink?) to photograph. With the leaves providing ample cover for the larger creatures, small things carried the day.

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Thanks for stopping by.

9 Comments on ““Whatever Was On That Tree They Liked It!”

  1. The hackberry butterflies, along with the red admiral and question marks are butterflies attracted to tree sap, rotting fruit, animal droppings. They generally don’t visit flowers.

  2. Wonderful insect shots and I loved the fungi too. I’ve never seen butterflies congregating on a tree like that. Very interesting. I’ve seen them on animal manure – not sure whether they were just after moisture or something else. Taking a photo of a damselfly has still eluded me so I am envious when you include such excellent pic of them!

  3. Very nice collection of photos! THe unidentified one reminds me of Meadowrue (Thalictrum venulosum). May be a relative.

  4. Lovely pictures! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog.. I love reading about your nature experiences in Ohio, almost on the other side of the world for me 🙂 The butterflies congregating together is very interesting.. I saw this behavior once on a fallen bark. Male butterflies do this thing called ‘puddling’ where they get minerals and other nutrients from moist places..maybe that tree bark had a lot of butterfly goodness!

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