Today however I was shuttling a couple of Netflix envelopes back out to the mailbox and as I was walking past the reworked church pew currently serving as our front porch bench, I spotted this guy hard at work:
|Asterocampa celtis, aka the Hackberry Emperor|
|No, this photo IS different - see how the probiscis (galea) is all unfurled and sucking something out of/off the wood?|
There it was again: The adults do not visit flowers, but feed on rotting fruit, tree sap, dung, and animal carcasses.
I just can't get over how many butterflies are apparently out doing the insect version of what buzzards do.
I had no idea. Did you?
This has me thinking that butterflies are much bigger badasses than I ever guessed. Respect!