Baltimore CheckerspotEuphydryas phaeton
Oak Ridge, TN
May 5, 2006
***An Anderson county record butterfly!***
This butterfly was "puddling" (drinking liquids) on the site of a dead skunk! My friend Debbie and I found the skunk remains while hiking at Haw Ridge. There was fur along the side of the trail but the carcass was gone. Fortunately, the smell was not too bad. This butterfly hardly moved when I got in close to get its photograph, it must have really liked what it was drinking! :( I like the fuzzy orange "face" and the checkerboard compound eyes!