Princeps heroicus Stichius from Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge.
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Image ID: SIL-sammlungexotisch11hb_0237
Original Caption: Princeps heroicus Stichius.
More than 90% of all plants need a pollinator to disperse pollen to help new plants to grow. Butterflies are necessary for the lifecycle of many plants because of this process called pollination. Pollination can occur when an animal carries pollen between two different flowers. Butterflies assist in this process without even knowing it! Nectar is a sweet liquid in plants that butterflies drink. When drinking the nectar, butterflies land on the flower, and pollen gets on the butterfly's feet when it is drinking. The pollen sticks on the butterfly as it flies away. The next flower that a butterfly lands on can then be pollinated from the pollen that is stuck to the butterfly's feet. This process is very important in order for flowers and other plants to grow. Because butterflies travel longer distances than bees, more flowers can be pollinated. Sadly, due to habitat loss, butterflies are dying, and therefore, so are species of flowers.