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Viceroy Butterfly on Buttonbush   2 comments

Buttonbush and Viceroy butterfly (1 of 1)-2 blog

Viceroy Butterfly on Buttonbush (1 of 1) art blogViceroy Butterfly on Buttonbush — Images by kenne

I went for a walk in Sabino Canyon early this morning to check out the Sabino creek flow over the dam. Above the dam near the creek I found a lot of buttonbush in bloom, with a lot of insects swarming over the flowers. One of the many insects was this beautiful viceroy butterfly.

With all the insect interest, I can see why another common name is “honey-bells.” They may be honey to insects, but this plant contains the poison CEPHALATHIN. Cephalathin will induce vomiting, paralysis, and convulsions if ingested.

kenne

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