In this Daily — Butterflies of Plaza Central
This morning the Malinchillos in front of Plaza Central were alive with dozens of flitting butterflies, comprised of mostly Cloudless Sulphurs with a few Julias.
They’re feasting on the nectar of these year-round blooms, and were joined briefly this morning by the big male Cinnamon Hummingbird that often patrols the area, who didn’t stick around long enough to be photographed.
Despite the fact that both hummingbirds and butterflies share the same food source — nectar — at this time of year the two have a non-combative relationship, as there are many flowers in bloom around town and plenty of nectar to go around. The interesting interactions comes between floral blooms, when limited access to nectar can create fierce competition between the two species.
For now though, these key pollinators are enjoying their meals in peace.