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.

#1 Cat And Butterfly

Cat And Butterfly

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shones 3 years ago

Amazing timing on the shutter!

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#2 Cat Playing With Butterflies

Cat Playing With Butterflies

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IuliaSuta 3 years ago

What a smile :)

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#3 Lion And Butterfly

Lion And Butterfly

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IuliaSuta 3 years ago

Arrrrr !

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#4 Chameleon And Butterly

Chameleon And Butterly

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JulieMurdock 3 years ago

We match!

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#5 Cat Trying To Catch A Butterfly

Cat Trying To Catch A Butterfly

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#6 Curiousity

Curiousity

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Rism 3 years ago

I always hv soft spot for golden :)

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#7 Gecko And Butterfly

Gecko And Butterfly

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shones 3 years ago

Just beautiful!

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#8 Alligators With Butterflies

Alligators With Butterflies

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DJaeAmidon-Brent 3 years ago

These are amazing!

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#9 Impossible Love

Impossible Love

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ViolaSándor 3 years ago

kiss the frog and become a butterfly

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#10 Rat And Butterfly

Rat And Butterfly

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#11 The Pit Bull And The Butterfly

The Pit Bull And The Butterfly

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#12 Cat With A Butterfly

Cat With A Butterfly

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Rism 3 years ago

OMG! beautiful!!!

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#13 Rabbit And The Butterfly

Rabbit And The Butterfly

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CharlotteBuldu 3 years ago

That's not a butterfly

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#14 Gorilla Among Butterflies

Gorilla Among Butterflies

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CristinaSandu 3 years ago

S/he looks so happy!

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#15 Friends

Friends

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#16 Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears

Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears

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#17 Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

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AmyWeiss 3 years ago

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

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#18 Wild Guinea Pig Playing With Butterflies

Wild Guinea Pig Playing With Butterflies

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MaryAsh 3 years ago

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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#19 Bambi With Butterfly

Bambi With Butterfly

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RenardBansale 3 years ago

BIRD!

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#20 Motherfly

Motherfly

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#21 Jacaré

Jacaré

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#23 Butterfly Rocks

Butterfly Rocks

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#24 Butterfly At The Falls

Butterfly At The Falls

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NelliKállai 3 years ago

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

#25 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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#27 New Butterfly On My Hand...

New Butterfly On My Hand...

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#28 Butterfly And Butterfly On A Hibiscus Flower

Butterfly And Butterfly On A Hibiscus Flower

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