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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 22:52   #1
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Butterfly mobbing swallow?

A couple of days back I watched a butterfly following a swallow around the skies in good sunshine, fluttering like mad to stay never much more than a bird's length away from it, swallow didn't make any attempt to catch the insect but the chase went on for some time as the bird glided around the skies.
Couldn't tell what species the butterfly was, just a silhouette at the distance I was observing from but is this common behaviour anyone? whatever, that's what I love about wildlife watching, there's always something new to see and learn.

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Old Wednesday 27th April 2011, 18:42   #2
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I have seen Purple Emperors chase up at birds flying over when the males are "lekking".
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Old Friday 29th April 2011, 00:13   #3
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not just me then

Cheers Aesh, was beginning to think I was just hallucinating.......

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Some butterflies can be quite " aggressive " especially when occupying a territory .
I had a Red Admiral regularly fly at me and hit me in the chest in Norfolk a few years ago , and only the other day had a similar experience with a Peacock doing a similar thing

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Hello Alan,

I don't know of a single butterfly species that could keep up with a Swallow for more than a second, they simply fly too fast. I suppose something like the Hummingbird Hawkmoth could keep up, but I haven't seen or heard any reports of them this year in our neck of the woods.

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I don't know of a single butterfly species that could keep up with a Swallow for more than a second, they simply fly too fast.
Laden or unladen?
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Laden or unladen?
Not even with jet assisted or rocket boosters. lol.

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