Without a doubt this is the best image I’ve captured of the butterfly’s proboscis, also known as a coiled tube. Butterflies don’t have teeth. The proboscis is just like a straw. The butterfly sucks up the nectar of the flower.
This was hands-down my favorite butterfly of the past summer. I called him my superstar, and for good reason. With a wingspan of about four inches and a body the size of my pinkie finger (or larger) he spent a good week posing for me. In this photograph, one can see in detail his proboscis, or coiled tube, with which he feeds.