Butterfly Gardens forum: Butterflies clinging to oak trunk

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vossner
Nov 24, 2010 10:57 AM CST
my efforts for the past 3-4 years have finally been rewarded with a nice number of butterflies. But I have never seen what has been happening since Monday.
A dozen of what appears to be Red Admirals just clinging to one of my oak trees. They look like little bats just clinging to that trunk. They are not alone, I've noticed a few yellow jackets and regulars wasps doing the same. Has anybody witnessed this before? if Yes, what does it mean? My oak is old but I didn't think it was sick.

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thanks for your help
vossner
Nov 24, 2010 10:59 AM CST
I should have done my research first. It says here that they prefer tree sap. that explains it. This is the first year we have noticed Red Admirals in the garden.

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1772
ImageLindaTX8
Nov 24, 2010 5:32 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
I've seen butterflies on tree trunks from time to time also. The Red Admiral and American Lady also went for fruit lately. We had some spoiled grapes left and I put them outside. They loved them! They definitely prefer the spoiled fruit over fresh.

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