Not every butterfly 'nectars' on flowers... these butterflies are enjoying a horse's contribution to the nutrient cycle. Matter is neither created nor destroyed.
|Sleepy Oranges (Abaeis nicippe)|
|Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) with Sleepy Oranges|
|Queen (Danaus gilippus) with Sleepy Oranges|
You may notice a trend here...
Sleepy Oranges LOVE their nutrient slurry to be pre-digested. They like mud puddles, too, but who can resist a fresh cluster of pure joy? Not Common Buckeyes.
|Common Buckeyes (Junonia coenia) with Sleepy Oranges|
|Common Buckeye with Dotted Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes eos)|
|Common Buckeyes with Sleepy Oranges|
|Common Buckeye with Sleepy Oranges|
These photos were taken on 30 July 2010, posted on Big Bend Nature.com on 4 September 2012; they'll be backdated or double posted or linked as appropriate.