Transforming your #pollinatormonday are three stages of the common lime butterfly, photographed at the National Botanical Garden in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This butterfly is also known as the “checkered butterfly” because of its distinctive wing pattern, or the “citrus swallowtail” because of its propensity for the sweet juices of oranges, grapefruit, and lime. The lime butterfly is the most populous and widely spread of the swallowtail family and has a strong preference for citrus. It pollinates all species and varieties of native and imported citrus trees all over the world. In fact, this pollinator does its job so well, it’s even considered a pest in most citrus nurseries. As the eggs laid on the undersides of leaves hatch, the caterpillars dine on and defoliate them. However, without the work these butterflies do to pollinate, citrus plants would inevitably struggle.
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