butterfly landing on person myth??

Mothman617 mothman617 at aol.com
Mon Jul 12 18:49:23 EDT 1999

I have seen Red Spotted Purple (L. astayanax) and Banded Purple (L. arthemis)
land upon people, they are possibly attracted to bright colored clothing. Many
collectors in the tropics use brightly colored objects to attract males of
Morphos and some Nymphalidae. I have also seen butterflies land on people at
the beach. I found out that they have a fondness for suntan oil/lotion. I once
watched a very persistant Polygonia hovering about a young woman sunbathing.
And when she tried to shoo it away. It would fly around rapidly and then keep
repeating to land on her to drink whatever perspiration/ suntan oil mixture.

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