The Owl

butterfly, that is!

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Butterflies enjoy the nectar from the rotting fruit (bananas and orange slices) set out each morning. For them, sipping on it is intoxicating. Yes, they get "drunk" from the fermenting fruit, then fly off in search of a mate.

Did you know that these tiny ants in the pix are the enemy?
Ants love to devour butterflies!

Oh, and it is never good to touch the wings of a butterfly. The scales of a butterfly can stick to your fingers...a film that belongs on their wings. After all, Lepidoptera, a large order of insects that includes butterflies and moths is taken from the Greek meaning...scale wing.

This container had several different species of caterpillars
and eggs from the Swallowtails. The elongated are various stages of the Owl caterpillar while the tiny pearl shaped eggs are from Swallowtails, who lay their eggs on the citrus plant.

In this picture, you can see the approximate size of the caterpillar (several inches long) in relation to the plant.

On one of my morning visits, I was elated when an Owl Butterfly landed on me. Extracting nutrients from my skin (salt and minerals), it seemed happy enough. After all the thing it had to worry about was being "camera shy."


eileeninmd said…
Gorgeous butterfly, I like it's name!
Happy weekend!
Lina Gustina said…
Wow, the butterfly landed on you and 'ate' you :)
Was it your first experience?
Willow said…
What an interesting guy !
trav4adventures said…
Very interesting! I'm going to put out some orange and bananas. What an amazing guy!
Cheryl Ann
That Owl Butterfly is beautiful. Hug B
MadSnapper said…
i am just a tad jealous, that first shot is amazing... i did not know about the ants. i know that dragonflies kill butterflies
TexWisGirl said…
just a beautiful thing. :) i know you will miss your visits to the butterfly garden.
carol l mckenna said…
Magnificent post and photos of nature's gems ~ love the owl butterfly ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)
Naquillity said…
what a beautiful butterfly. i can see why it's called the owl butterfly. and i didn't know that ants would eat butterflies. i once saw a dying praying mantis with ants crawling on him and i assumed they were eating him. it was kinda sad to see it though. i hate to see anything die. hope all is well. have a great weekend.
FAB said…
A gorgeous butterfly.
Ann said…
what a fascinating looking butterfly. So pretty. Interesting facts to go along with it. I had no idea about the ants or even the scales on their wings
Maude Lynn said…
What a gorgeous and unusual butterfly!
Chatty Crone said…
I can see why it is called the Owl butterfly!
cedarmerefarm said…
What an interesting butterfly. When I was in Key West, Florida, a few months ago, I visited the butterfly conservatory. It was an amazing experience. Butterflies are beautiful creatures (though I have to admit I am not fond of their caterpillar stage). I didn't know aunts eat butterflies!
Fascinating butterfly, I didn't realize they would be interested in body salts like a sweat bee that once landed on me and was licking my shoulder.
Rambling Woods said… the butterflies

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