Kupu-kupu terbang mencari madu atau nectar yang ada di bunga. Itu sudah lama dikenal. Namun bagaimana perannya sebagai pollinator? Jika kita melihat kupu-kupu Appias libythea yang menyambangi bunga belimbing wuluh, apakah ia sekedar flower visitor atau pollinator?
I completely agree. This is a picture of Great mormon foraging on nectar of Cat’s whisker flower in a small agricultural garden just outside Jakarta. The Cat’s whisker is a medicinal plant that used for diuretic problems. In a sunny morning while people busy working on the garden, this butterfly was also busy flying around the bushes of Cat’s whisker. Everybody has their own job. Except pollinated by insects, in Hawaii, Cat’s whisker flower is pollinated by the humming birds. A short morning walk at the garden was able to increase my knowledge on butterfly-plant interactions. Just open your eyes!