Monday, August 18, 2008

The Butterfly sipper.....

Did you know that a butterfly tastes with his feet
smells with his antennae and can hear vibrations through
his wings? I have a hummingbird feeder on my office window
and was surprised to see this pretty butterfly sipping
sugar water.
The male hummingbird came along as seen
on the right.... but took one look and didn't stay.
The butterfly on the other hand took his good old time and
wasn't in a hurry to leave, if he felt the hummingbird
wing vibrations he didn't let on.

I tried to get in close but shooting through the window at an
angle wasn't easy.

The hummer sat below the window in my Rose of Sharon
waiting his turn.

To God be The Glory ~ Great Things He Hath Done


Leedra said...

This is the same butterfly I have been trying to id. You don't know the name of it, do you?

Leedra said...

Not sure if I told you, I added you to my blog list.

Shellmo said...

I'm surprised the hummingbird didn't bully the butterfly away. Nice capture!

The Birdlady said...

Very, very cool!

Marsha said...

Another fun post, I like the way the hummer seems to be looking around the window post at you :-) How do you get any work done with the hummingbird feeder right on the window? I would be looking out the window all day.

Darla said...

I really enjoyed your site and I will be back! Visit me if you like.

jalynn01 said...

Leedra: I don't know the name of the butterfly either.

Shelly: I was surprised about the same thing! They can be little bullies.

Marsha: I love the feeder right there and can see it come and go as I am on the computer..

Helen: thanks!

Welcome Darla and thanks for stopping by

Anonymous said...

Yes, butterflies do eat from hummingbird feeders. Also, here, I have seen all sorts of bees eating from them but not the hole the hummingbird uses. Instead, they get any seepage around the cracks. And if the feeder is in the heat or the sun, the contents often swells up and a small amount runs out the regular hole and down the sides. When that happens I have a lot of bees. We have several feeders and different styles but end up using the one that seeps a little as it seems to be the most popular.

I have not seen a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird here all year this year. I see lots of young one with a spot of red here or there and then lots and lots of females. I think the males are already gone for the winter.

Anonymous said...


My hawks are as thick as fleas on a baby rabbit in the fall and winter and even into the spring and then comes summer and nesting and newborns and things like that. I have to listen to the blue jays or other birds to know a hawk is in the backyard. They always tell me but still I see where a hawk has come and got a bird and left. Feathers here and there. The hawks here now or those that come are all young Coopers Hawks. And they comes every day. I suspect they are visiting you now too but you don't get to see them.

Bird Girl said...

Very cool to get both the Fritillary and the hummer in the same shot. Hummy is probably thinking - 'hey...this is MY nectar bar!!!"

Leedra said...

My butterfly was id'd by Hap in New Hope, passed to me by Ecobirder. I have verified it at it is a Great Spangled Fritillary. I have left you an update comment on the Lupine, you might want to check my label of Lupine there are several post earlier in the year.

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