Focusing On How A Butterfly Eats

A butterfly eats by extending its tongue like structure, called a proboscis, and using it like a straw to suck up liquid food such as nectar. It drinks water the same way. In the second photo, it would appear that the pollen covered proboscis might be headed toward the butterfly’s mouth to be consumed. I even assumed that to be the case. However, when I did some research, I discovered that what is on the outside of the proboscis is immaterial. The butterfly in the second photo is actually finished sucking up the nectar of that particular flower, and is, in fact, coiling its “tongue” back up into the resting position.

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Hannah Keene 2019

 

Posted for Dutch Goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Focus.

Forgotten Agapanthus

This post is for Snow’s Friendly Friday Challenge: Ignored¬†over at The Snow Melts Somewhere. We all look raptly at new spring flowers, but often ignore¬†flowers that are past their prime. Worse, we usually think of dying flowers as ugly, and proceed to sweep them up and toss them. I think flowers in all their stages are lovely, and in fact, sometimes find that their final, decaying stage is more nuanced and interesting. So here is a non-ignored Agapanthus.

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Hannah Keene 2019