Perhaps you’ve often wondered what a butterfly’s eyes are like.

Or, then again, perhaps you know already, or perhaps you’ve never really given it much thought.

For both the curious and the not-so-curious, and those who “frankly my dear, don’t give a damn”, this picture I took yesterday will give you some idea :

White Butterfly on Down ©HelenBushe
Eye-to-Eye ©HelenBushe

So now you know!

Images ©Helen Bushe

Fuji X-T3 with 80mm Macro lens.

f18 ISO 1250 1/480sec

Whilst I was taking this picture, the butterfly was cleaning its long tongue. They do this by extending the tongue to its full length and then scraping the groove down the middle of it with their foot (or whatever you call the pointy tapered end of its leg). Then it curls the tongue back up into its mouth, as you can see in the second picture.

At least I think that’s what they do. I’ve watched a lot of them doing this.

I’m never totally sure whether its the front legs cleaning the tongue or the tongue cleaning the legs. I must email Butterfly Conservation with this seemingly imponderable question.

When I see them doing this, I’m always reminded of a cat grooming itself.

Thank you for visiting me at PHOTOPHILE

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Anonymous · 31 July 2020 at 04:55

Close up photos of tiny creatures are so amazing! I love to see their faces close up. Awesome photo!

Laurie Graves · 31 July 2020 at 02:34

I was so interested that I enlarged the picture for a better look. Wowsah!

    Helen Bushe · 31 July 2020 at 17:57

    Thanks Laurie. This little butterfly posed beautifully for me. They don’t always do that!

bushboy · 31 July 2020 at 00:55

Ever so good Helen 🙂

M.B. Henry · 30 July 2020 at 22:23

The detail in these photos is amazing

BeckyB · 30 July 2020 at 21:02

Extraordinary macros. Stunning photography

I'm always pleased to read comments.....

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