Butterflies enjoy the nectar from the rotting fruit (bananas and orange slices) set out each morning. For them, sipping on it is intoxicating. Yes, they get "drunk" from the fermenting fruit, then fly off in search of a mate.
Did you know that these tiny ants in the pix are the enemy?
Ants love to devour butterflies!
Oh, and it is never good to touch the wings of a butterfly. The scales of a butterfly can stick to your fingers...a film that belongs on their wings. After all, Lepidoptera, a large order of insects that includes butterflies and moths is taken from the Greek meaning...scale wing.
This container had several different species of caterpillars
and eggs from the Swallowtails. The elongated are various stages of the Owl caterpillar while the tiny pearl shaped eggs are from Swallowtails, who lay their eggs on the citrus plant.
In this picture, you can see the approximate size of the caterpillar (several inches long) in relation to the plant.
On one of my morning visits, I was elated when an Owl Butterfly landed on me. Extracting nutrients from my skin (salt and minerals), it seemed happy enough. After all the thing it had to worry about was being "camera shy."