A butterfly's proboscis is the thin "drinking straw" through which butterflies sip nectar. To my eyes, the furled shape of a butterfly's proboscis is especially appealing.
Butterflies siphon nectar through a food tube in the center of the proboscis. Small muscles on both sides of the food canal control the butterfly's ability to coil or uncoil its proboscis.
|When its proboscis is unfurled, a butterfly is able to siphon nectar from flowers|
Below is another picture of a butterfly with a furled proboscis:
|Duskywing on rain lily|
The furled shape of a butterfly proboscis is found throughout nature.
It's can be found in the emerging flower of a succulent or of a moon snail's shell.
|The unfurled shape of the stapelia gigantea flower|
|The coiled shape of a moon snail's shell|
It can also be seen in the thin tip of a cattail stalk upon which a dragonfly has balanced
Or the curl of an anole (lizard) tail as it rests upon a succulent leaf
Nature is full of furled beauty. If I had to choose one shape to call my favorite, I'd probably pick a swirling spiral because no matter where in nature I see it, it always makes me smile.