Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

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Place of the Butterfly Party

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Wild Party of the Butterflies

On a  walk along the shore of the Arrow Lake in June I came across a most curious sight. On the ground I spotted a gathering of butterflies which displayed a rather odd behaviour. They were attracted to a grey mass of an object. Tightly bunched together they appeared to be in a drinking frenzy with their proboscises sucking up some undefinable liquid. First I shot a few pictures from several metres away fearing that they might fly away before I had a chance to capture their bizarre behaviour. As I came closer and closer I noticed that they completely ignored my presence. Rather they behaved like people in a bar being in various stages of intoxication. One butterfly was lying on its side sticking its proboscis deep into a crack of the unknown substance. Others sitting on top of one another. I was deeply puzzled. Now I was so close that my camera lens was able to take close-ups at times even touching their wings. Then I finally realized that the source of their attraction  was a fish head, which had been left at the beach by a fisherman. I hope you can still enjoy the photos. Apparently butterflies do not always go after the colourful flowers. At times they rather prefer the valuable nutrients of a rotten fish head.

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34 comments

  1. thecedarjournal · October 10, 2018

    Bizarre and yet wonderful pictures!

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  2. Des · October 10, 2018

    Peter, daily life is so full of surprises, isn’t it? I never would have suspected these butterflies to be attracted to fish remains either. One of nature’s beautiful and exquisite creatures sucking fluids out of a rotting fish head! These are awesome photos, Peter, thanks for sharing them!

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  3. Rashmi Gopal Rao · October 10, 2018

    Wonderful colours of nature! Awesome Peter as always:)

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  4. Ulli · October 10, 2018

    Lieber Peter, da bist du ja wahrlich zum richtigen Zeitpunkt am richtigen Ort gewesen. Sehr ungewöhnlich finde ich es, dass sich Schmetterlinge um einen Fischkopf scharen, was sie dort wohl für sich fanden? Schöne klare Bilder, habe ich mir sehr gerne angeschaut.
    herzliche Grüße, Ulli

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    • Peter Klopp · October 10, 2018

      Ja, liebe Ulli, wie ich schon anderen mitgeteilt habe, gehen dieselben Schmetterlinge an die Blumen für ihre Hauptmahlzeiten. Aber die Mineralstoffe im Fischkopf müssen sie wohl angezogen haben. Die Natur setzt einen immer wieder in Erstaunen. Wer aufhört zu staunen, lebt eigentlich gar nicht mehr.

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      • Ulli · October 11, 2018

        Das ist so wahr, lieber Peter, staunen und neugierig sein und bleiben, das hält lebendig. Ich wünsche dir einen zauberhaften Oktobertag, herzlichst, Ulli

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  5. Amy · October 10, 2018

    How very odd! I would have assumed that butterflies were vegetarians, not pescatarians!! And yes, uch!

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    • Peter Klopp · October 10, 2018

      I bet they still prefer visiting flowers. In this case they looked like they suffered from a severe case of addiction. Haha!

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      • Amy · October 10, 2018

        Hard to imagine the draw of a dead fish, but then, hey, we aren’t butterflies!

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      • Peter Klopp · October 11, 2018

        It was a big surprise for me as well, Amy.

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  6. PlantsandBeyond · October 10, 2018

    Never knew their rotten fish preferences, wow. thank you, Peter

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    • Peter Klopp · October 10, 2018

      I would think that there must be some rarely found nutrients in rotten fish. Animals know best what is good for them.

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  7. arv! · October 10, 2018

    Now, this is surprising as to what attracted butterflies to the fish head.
    I have heard that there’s been quite some snowfall in Canada owing to the sudden change in weather. Is that so?

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    • Peter Klopp · October 10, 2018

      Well, here in the West we live too close to the ocean which has a moderating influence. Of course, the mountain passes had already their first snowfalls.

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      • arv! · October 12, 2018

        ok. 🙂

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  8. Stella, oh, Stella · October 10, 2018

    I guess that different butterflies have different diets … 😉
    These are incredibly beautiful!
    They are the ones called “Schwalbenschwanz” in German, aren’t they? I have only ever seen them in southern Europe in Croatia.

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    • Peter Klopp · October 10, 2018

      I am certain that these butterflies also visit flowers. But as we can see they supplement their diet with fish head.

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  9. www.corneliaweber-photography.com · October 10, 2018

    Those are wonderful captures, they look like little airplanes. Nature is always mesmerizing.

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    • Peter Klopp · October 10, 2018

      Amazing indeed, these butterflies are with their peculiar behaviour. Thanks for your kind words, Cornelia!

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  10. Pure Glory · October 10, 2018

    Love the photos, Peter. Never knew that butterflies loved fish heads. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. kopfundgestalt · October 11, 2018

    What a luck – beautiful pictures! Congratulation!

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  12. rabirius · October 11, 2018

    I really like the butterfly pictures.

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    I really like your post it looks like very Nice and attractive pictures. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  14. Ankur Mithal · October 13, 2018

    Ah!

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  15. Tiny · October 15, 2018

    Great shots of the butterflies, Peter! It’s quite odd that they would prefer a dead fish.

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  16. Nurul Fitri Lubis · October 24, 2018

    Amazing pictures, as usual Peter. Catching butterflies is always hard part for me. By the way, I kept asking myself why I did not see your posts from my feed for sometimes. Then I checked your website and had no idea why I did not follow your blog. I probably accidentally touched the button while checking through smart phone. Yeah, smart phone is not as smart as it sounds.

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    • Peter Klopp · October 24, 2018

      Thank you, Nurul! For awhile I thought I had lost you. The same thing happened to me once also. Suddenly the notifications stopped coming. Have a great day, Nurul!

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