Understanding Butterfly Behavior

Are any of you really familiar with butterflies? We've had several small white butterflies, for a couple of months, and a couple of evenings ago, Sat, Aug. 28, just before 6pm, I thought I saw a couple of them fluttering, and then one flew off.

I went to the area to see what was happening, and was thrilled, shocked. Six white butterflies were arranged in a perfect circle, equal distances apart, and a 7th butterfly was in the exact middle. Remember, the other butterfly had flown off.

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I don't have a zoom camera, and I was afraid to take my regular camera to the area, as it might have disturbed the butterflies. The butterflies stayed this way for a long time, perhaps an hour or so.

Later, after the white butterflies were done, and left the area, I looked at the ground, and couldn't find anything remarkable.

Have any of you seen any butterflies make circles, and possibly with a butterfly in the center of the circle? Does anyone know what those butterflies were doing in that circle?

By Carol from South Bend, IN

September 2, 20100 found this helpful

We bought three butterfly bushes a few years ago and they are really taking off. It's amazing how they really do attract butterflies. Here's a good link on the topic: http://www.oldhouseweb.com/gardening/Detailed/817.shtml

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September 14, 20100 found this helpful

I once witnessed the same thing with a group of Azure butterflies. I too didn't see anything remarkable afterward. I always wondered myself what that was about.

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October 25, 20100 found this helpful

I have no idea what was happening. I wish I had seen something like that! I couldn't find anything online about butterflies behaving in that way. Maybe this is a behavior only exhibited by a certain type of butterfly or on/ near a certain food or smell. You wrote they were white. Were they one of these kinds? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_White

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green-veined_White

Were the butterflies on the ground? On grass? Near flowers? Had it rained earlier that day? Etc.?

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