Butterfly as Pollinators
Butterflies as opposed to Moths who are generally Nocturnal, are very active during the daylight hours.
Whilst searching for nectar they visit a wide variety of flowers.
They are not as efficient as bees at pollination as their body does not come into much contact with the pollen carrying stamens of the flowers they visit, due to the fact they are perched up high on slender legs.
They also lack the specialized adaptations that Bees have in Pollen Baskets on their legs, so do not collect pollen from the flowers they visit.
Like all insects,though they do fulfill an important role in their environment. From occasional pollination of flowers they visit, to providing an important source of food to our native birds, whilst in the caterpillar stage.
What a beautiful sight they make flitting from flower to flower on those sunny summer days , a true joy to behold !.
Butterflies, with their long adaption tongue like proboscis, probe deep into the nectaries of flowers for nectar, their fuel. Typically they prefer flat, clustered flowers that allow an easy landing and a good reward of multiple small flowers as a rich source of nectar.
Butterflies have a weak sense of smell. Also, as I soon learnt whilst trying to sneak up on them to get pictures, they are alert to any sign of danger and have excellent vision. Unlike bees, butterflies can see the red spectrum of light.
Many butterflies produce scents that attract the opposite sex.
Many of these scents often smell like the flowers that the particular variety of butterfly are attracted to, and visit.
Clever Butterflies !