Tuesday, June 10, 2014
My deodorant failed me!
After several minutes the butterfly flew on it's way and I went to get more information on this insect that I was unfamiliar with. It seems this is a Hackberry Emperor Butterfly (Asterocampa celtis). The good thing is that this butterfly is known to regularly land on humans and appear very friendly. The bad thing is that while the caterpillar only feeds on Hackberry leaves, the adult does not feed on nectar but rather rotted fruit and animal dung. When I read this I immediately had a flashback to the deck and the 3 piles of raccoon scat that I saw when I first walked onto the deck. Since this afternoon I have washed my hand numerous times and have vowed to change my deodorant.