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Name: Marie
Ohio (Zone 6b)
May 31, 2016 2:17 PM CST
Yesterday I watched these three beauties playing around a fan socket we just put in on the porch we're building. They stayed over 30 min examining, tasting and going in and out of the enclosure. What are they doing? Also can anyone please ID them? Thanks.
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May 31, 2016 2:23 PM CST
Looks like variegated fritillaries to me - but @Mellielong can tell you for sure. And I probably misspelled it. Rolling my eyes.
Have no idea what the attraction is on your porch; never saw anything like it. Cool photos though!
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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May 31, 2016 5:48 PM CST


Not the Variegated Fritillary, but it is a Fritillary. Hard to tell because they look so much alike and I can't tell the size. The most common ones I see in WV are the Meadow Frit and the Great Spangled Frit. Not sure what they were doing up there. Unless maybe one was a female trying to hide from pursuing males?
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Name: Marie
Ohio (Zone 6b)
May 31, 2016 8:42 PM CST
I don't know, Melanie, but all three were back again today flying around the yard and trees together. Smiling

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