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Why "Butterfly Storm?"

We live in very (very!) rural North Florida, on intermittent wetland, outside of Gainesville. To reach our house you must drive down a 1/2 mile dirt lane, then cross a pasture, drive over a causeway built through a swamp, and finally through another pasture.

In the Spring, the vehicle tracks capture shallow puddles and more than a dozen species of butterflies regularly congregate by the thousands -- literally! -- to drink; a practice known as "puddling." As a result, at certain times of the year, when we drive slowly down the lane, our vehicle is often surrounded by swirling, multi-colored clouds of butterflies; which the girls spontaneously called "a butterfly storm."



butterfly-storm.org created 19-Mar-2002
last updated:
31 July, 2003

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Douglas F. Johnson