Butterfly

It’s not just the hummingbirds who hang out at my hummingbird feeders. This very large butterfly was enjoying one of them too.

Maralee

Nature-3930June 26, 2015

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8 thoughts on “Butterfly

  1. I can’t tell for sure, but I hope that is red plastic and not red-tinted solution in your feeder.

    Just in case:
    http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/nectar.php

    The butterfly is the Western Tiger Swallowtail:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_rutulus

    There is an Eastern Counterpart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_glaucus

    1. Its just red plastic. I use clear sugar water solution in my feeders.

    2. In looking at the photo, this feeder has about a 1″ red base that screws on to the tube. That’s the red you see.

      1. Sorry; I think we had this conversation before, but I could not remember for sure (I’m old).

        It is a good capture. We have lots of feeders out in the summer but have never seen a butterfly on any of them. Ini fact, I had bought a butterfly feeder . . . which to my knowledge never had any visitors.

        I also had Orioles feeders (basically larger hummingbird feeders) and they seldom used them.

        . . . the only birds that recognize feeders meant for them appear to be hummingbirds . . . well, seed feeders also have a high success rate, especially if you count squirrels.

  2. Judy Backlund July 6, 2015 — 1:50 pm

    That is such a neat photo!

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