A butterfly on a leaf at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, Arizona

At least I think this is an arched-wing cattleheart butterfly…

In their final stage of life, butterflies don’t eat at all. ┬áRather, they live off of the fat accumulated during their caterpillar stage and sip liquids like nectar, water, and the juice of decaying fruit.  

Although most are found in tropical environments, swallowtail butterflies are found on every continent except Antarctica.

I wish I were more skilled at identifying these gorgeous butterflies, but I’m not. ┬áSo this is a black butterfly on a green leaf at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale.