I really like old-fashioned, bright-colored zinnia blossoms – and so do butterflies. I’ve recently seen several Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio glaucus) on this particular pink zinnia.
I’m guessing butterflies are attracted by the zinnias’ bright colors and the flat blossoms that provide a landing pad as they access the nectar.
One butterfly was quite intent on nectaring and I was able to get this brief video. Thanks to my friend, Amanda, for adding some music. I hope you enjoy.
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