These surprising photos show masses of butterflies interacting with various animals. But why do they do it, especially with such risk to themselves? One answer is that butterflies typically swarm during migration, and these pictures capture such a moment. The other answer is that butterflies can't get all the minerals they need from flowers, making them attracted to things that are salty.

For the more mythologically minded, butterflies represent the soul or the mind in many cultures. The Chinese, Greeks, and Romans believed this to be true. In Japan, however, while the symbolism is the same, one butterfly indicated an upcoming visit from your loved one, but a large number was viewed as a bad omen.

Do you have any cool photos of butterflies in the wild? Post your pictures or vote on your favorite below.

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Cat And Butterfly

Cat And Butterfly

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Curiousity

Curiousity

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Alligators With Butterflies

Alligators With Butterflies

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Impossible Love

Impossible Love

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Cat With A Butterfly

Cat With A Butterfly

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Gorilla Among Butterflies

Gorilla Among Butterflies

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Friends

Friends

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Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears

Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears

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Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

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AmyWeiss
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not that dangerous actually, iguanas are herbivores lol

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Wild Guinea Pig Playing With Butterflies

Wild Guinea Pig Playing With Butterflies

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MaryAsh
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is not a wild guinea pig.... This colour morph is extinct in the wild it's a domestic mutation, still cute though.

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Motherfly

Motherfly

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Jacaré

Jacaré

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#23

Butterfly Rocks

Butterfly Rocks

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Butterfly At The Falls

Butterfly At The Falls

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NelliKállai
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's so amazing, what nature can create. Wonderful! *-* Congrats to the photographer too! :)

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Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly

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#26

George With A Red Spotted Jezebel Butterfly

George With A Red Spotted Jezebel Butterfly

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New Butterfly On My Hand...

New Butterfly On My Hand...

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Butterfly And Butterfly On A Hibiscus Flower

Butterfly And Butterfly On A Hibiscus Flower

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