Earlier this season I made the decision to let the butterflies, birds, squirrels and "other" visitors to our loquat trees have the full bounty of the season. The trees were bare last year at a time when the critters depending on them for a food source could hardly afford the loss. This year, I figured everybody deserved a break.
As an adult butterfly, the Question Mark seeks out rotting fruit, tree sap, dung, or carrion as food sources. Only when these are unavailable do Question Marks visit flowers for nectar.
Yup. Let that information settle in for just a moment. In retrospect, I suppose I'm grateful this butterfly didn't flitter over and settle on my outstretched finger. In future, I'll restrict my activities around butterflies to taking their photos and/or admiring them from a respectable distance. I guess I am happiest to realize the Question Mark was in our yard for the rotting fruit. I mean, given the options.
In other news, spotted around the yard recently:
The eponymous Small Pink moth, Pyrausta inornatalis, which I originally mistook for a variegated bloom.