A swallowtail butterfly lands on a rhododendron flower to taste the nectar at Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens, North Carolina
Butterflies are less efficient than bees at moving pollen between plants. Highly perched on their long thin legs, they do not pick up much pollen on their bodies and lack specialized structures for collecting it. However, they create a marvelous color combination of nature on this sunflower!
A butterfly chooses a blooming sunflower ignoring the one yet to bloom
A butterfly and flowers blend to create a color combination of nature
Flowers and a butterfly create a colorful display of nature
A colorful butterfly hugs a tree on one of the floats of the Rose Parade
These butterfly species are known colloquially as Owl butterflies, due to the owl-like false eyes, and the feathery appearance of the underside wings.
A butterfly creates a nice glowing contrast against the background
The Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) is a neotropical brush-footed butterfly. The malachite has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the upper sides and light brown and olive green on the undersides. It is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly’s wings.
A blending of colors in the jungle
A pair of butterflies feed on a banana at the sanctuary at Sacha Lodge
The symmetrical patterns on this butterfly are interesting
The dazzling blue wings of Morpho butterflies are enormous relative to their body size, resulting in a very distinctive slow, bouncy flight pattern. The effect is that the brilliant blue upper side appears to flash like a beacon as it alternates in flight with the dark undersurface. This makes it difficult for a bird to follow the flight. If attacked when on the wing, the slow lazy flight pattern instantly changes into a wild swooping evasive maneuver, following which the butterfly dives into the forest where it instantly settles. A pursuing bird is still of course searching for a brilliant blue insect, but the Morpho snaps it’s wings shut, displaying the dark brown underside and foiling the bird’s search program. If the bird does manage to spot the settled butterfly it invariably aims its attack at the most prominent feature – in this case the ocelli, missing the body entirely and allowing the butterfly to escape.