Have you ever wondered what butterflies feed on? Or even how they do it? Most butterflies prefer flower nectar, but others may feed on the liquids found in rotting fruit, in ooze from trees. Butterflies prefer to feed in sunny areas protected from wind.
Most adult butterflies drink nectar from flowers through a tube-like tongue called a proboscis which acts like a straw. It uncoils to sip liquid food, and then coils up again into a spiral when the butterfly is not feeding.
This Red Admiral had been feasting on my Cosmos flowers and Filipendula (Meadowsweet) before coming to rest on a hose nozzle lying on the table in front of me. I was able to get a blurry shot of the proboscis as it curled back up.
And here he is basking in the sun with his mouth firmly closed!
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