Beauty and the dumpster

European Peacock (Inachis io) feeding on Melancholy Thistle

A photo may not tell the complete truth. Sure, the photos featured in this post don’t lie about the beauty of some of our most common butterflies. However, photos don’t transmit odors.

A small spot of flowers was right next to a leaking dumpster. What our nose may not appreciate can, on the other hand, be highly attractive to someone else. While European Peacocks (Inachis io), Small Tortoiseshells (Aglais urticae)  and a Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) where after the flowers, the Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) only showed interest in the fluid which leaked out the dumpster.

A moment that definitely stunk, but which was compensated by beauty.

Did you know…

Not all butterflies show interest in flowers and nectar. Some species, e.g. the Poplar Admiral, feed on feces, cadavers of animals, rotten fruits or even human sweat.

Source: Wikipedia (January 9, 2014)

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