J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Thu, 05 Oct 2006 13:45:57 PDT
So far as I can recall, female butterflies find the larval food plants on 
which they lay their eggs by some combination of senses, including odor and 
"taste" (if you call it "tasting" with their feet).

While moths find nocturnal nectar sources mainly by odor, I think 
butterflies locate their diurnal nectar sources mainly by sight -- again, 
if I recall things from the past correctly.  I never was an entomologist, 
but as a kid I had intended to become one.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA), where, after 30 to 50 years, the butterfly 
collection is still locked away in the basement.

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