Butterfly Rainforest Feeding Station Cam - Live Video Feed
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All adult butterflies need food to survive. They consume only liquids using their straw-like proboscis. While many adult butterflies sip nectar from flowers, others like the ones shown here drink the juices from rotting fruit. Species frequently seen feeding at this station include the blue morpho, owl butterfly and brown and blue clippers.
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Watch recorded video of butterflies enjoying some fruit at the feeding station:
Q: How long does a butterfly live?
A: In the wild, most butterflies live about 7 to 10 days, if not eaten first. In captivity, butterflies can survive for 2 to 3 weeks. Some species of butterflies modify their nectar diet to include rotten fruit, pollen and animal excrement, and can live as long as 3 to 6 months, or even longer. The modified diet provides the butterflies with valuable amino acids that can help prolong life spans.