Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Two Barred Flasher

When it flies, the turquoise sheen is hidden and revealed over and over again, thus, the "flasher" name. It also has two white bars on each forewing, but the second one is hard to see. I got a good look at this beauty while in Texas. The caterpillars feed on Coyotillo, which is in the same family as ceanothus. According to the Butterflies and Moths website, the adults eat nectar. But also bird droppings!!??? Oh my! We love to think of butterflies and flowers together, as in this pic, but sometimes they eat less lovely things, like urine, blood, and now I learn, bird droppings. Butterflies are just amazing!

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