Mistletoe and butterflies …

Did you know that there is a butterfly caterpillar that eats mistletoe leaves? It’s their only diet. Mistletoe is their host plant.

Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly caterpillar eating mistletoe leaves

Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly caterpillar eating mistletoe leaves

Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly drinking nectar from Spanish needle flowers

Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly drinking nectar from Spanish needle flowers

The caterpillars look like the leaves of mistletoe. Do you see the caterpillar in the photo to the left?

Great Purple Hairstreak butterflies tend to drink nectar from light colored flowers.

You can learn more about Great Purple Hairstreak butterflies by clicking on this sentence.

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