Ketchup loving butterfly
July 29, 2009
My family and I were on a vacation in Holland, and during a picnic in the Hoge Veluwe national park this overly friendly butterfly decided to share my 6-year-old son’s hotdog sandwich.
Whatever it’s real name, I think it should be changed to Amicus ketchophilus, it being so friendly and fond of ketchup!
Hoge Veluwe, Holland
We did a web search of “butterflies holland” and were led to the Butterflies and Moths of the Netherlands website. We searched the thumbnails and quickly identified your Grayling, Hipparchia semele, which is called Heivlinder in Dutch. The Butterflies and Moths of Europe and North Africa website has images with open wings. The Grayling is one of the Satyr butterflies that are often attracted to fermenting fruit, and the ketchup is perfectly consistent with their dietary preferences.