Friday, September 24, 2010

Tame Butterflies

While on our vacation last week, my wonderful husband and I came across some tame butterflies.  We were visiting the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.  We stopped to take the trail to Echo River Springs and next to the sign, we found a dozen or so butterflies "eating" something on the ground. 

I put my hands down by them and coaxed them to "step" onto my fingers.  They continued to "eat" something on my fingers.


  1. Way cool. I wonder if they were puddling. We have damp areas where the butterflies drink nutrients out of the soil that flowers don't have for them. What a neat experience.

  2. Dear Sherlock Street, I have never witnessed anything like this before. How wonderful that you were able to see these beautiful creatures at such close quarters.

  3. Awesome awesome awesome! I've never had this happen before so I'm most excited for you to have so many on your hands. How cool!

  4. I've seen them "eat" off the soil here in Tucson when it is wet....and it is exciting to see them doing the same on your hands. In the Amazon, the butterflies will fly around the clay soil of the riverbanks and take in the nutrients from the Earth.

  5. ~Darla
    Must be something they do in the south. I've never seen it before.

    It was such a treat!

    The kinda tickled too. :-) I'm glad my hubby was able to take photos.

    It was very interesting to see. Thanks for sharing your experience with this.


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