Elegant Swallowtail Drinking Nectar!
INSECTS - Lepidoptera (scaled wings) Butterflies and Moths
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This beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly is enjoying a lovely sip of nectar from some flowers. You can see its proboscis or tube-like mouthparts sticking down into the flower where the nectar is. Nectar is a little bit like Kool-Aid® - it is sweet, sugar water with nutrients. And each type of flower has a different flavor of nectar. While visiting flowers for nectar, the butterfly also will get pollen stuck on its face and transfer it from one plant to the next so it can produce seeds.