Red-Spotted Purples on Pears

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© May Lattanzio
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This species loves rotting pears. There's a pear tree about ready to drop its fruit and I visited it today. If you look closely, you can see a blue tinge on the wings that ends about where the orange spots start. On the one tonight, that area was intensely blue. They are probably my favorite butterfly. No - I love them all.

(They also love animal urine and in my yard, dog feces for the minerals. You can often see them drinking in moist sand.)

Here is a fruit mash recipe that can be smeared on roots, plates, stumps, virtually any surface in semi-shade. It comes from the website of Coconut Creek, which touts itself as the Butterfly Capital of Florida.

Butterfly Fruit Mash Recipe

one pound of sugar

one mashed banana

one cup of molasses or syrup

one cup of fruit juice

I was told by a friend on a butterfly list who gave me another beer/molasses recipe which he uses(this is turning into a butterfly cookbook), that you must not let the mash or cocktail mold; therefore, you must wash all containers or perches thoroughly clean. Butterflies and moths are fragile and molds and fungi can kill them.

Another recipe - mashed bananas and rum. Used in Nigeria with success. It would never get outside if I made it!

Wonder what kind of photos we can catch with this. Maybe a co-op project?

11 responses

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    How beautiful! I'd be tossing out rotting pears daily :)

  • Kate Anyon

    Kate Anyon said (15 Aug 2008):

    Beautiful shot!

  • Carole

    Carole gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    Well captured!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (15 Aug 2008):

    Well I can't say much for their dietary preferences but they are lovely just the same!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Beyond 'beautiful'...great shot.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (16 Aug 2008):


  • Trish Meyer

    Trish Meyer (Deleted) said (16 Aug 2008):

    Thanks for the recipe. I'll try it in our Butterfly season, then maybe I'll be able to get some Butterfly photos.

  • Dana Kappel

    Dana Kappel gave props (19 Aug 2008):


  • David de London

    David de London gave props (20 Aug 2008):

    Great shot the colors. David

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   said (22 Aug 2008):

    What lovely colors this guy has - I had no idea they loved to nibble on rotting pears. Great shot

  • Alpha Miller

    Alpha Miller said (25 Aug 2008):

    very cool

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