A Little Butterfly On The Nose Of a Sharp-Toothed Cayman

The moment a brave butterfly took its life into its own hands when it landed on the snout of a hungry cayman in Brazil has been captured by an amateur photographer Stefan Huwiler

The butterfly nonchalantly landed on the snout of a hungry cayman, blissfully unaware of the danger. Photo: Stefan Huwiler / Solent

The orange-coloured brave butterfly took its life into its own hands when it landed on the snout of a hungry cayman – the reptile, which is very similar to an alligator (see the photo above.) Unruffled, the cayman let the butterfly make its way from the end of its snout up to its eyes before fluttering off (see the photo below.)

The breathtaking sight was caught on camera by Mr Huwiler, an amateur photographer, during a trip to the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil. The 41-year old spotted the beasts one evening but then returned the next morning in better light to capture some shots.

The caymen let the butterfly creep all the way up its snout before resting between his eyes. Photo: Stefan Huwiler / Solent

Mr Huwiler said: “Early one morning I saw several caymans lying on a river bank. I decided to go back the next morning in the hope of finding the caymans there again so I could get some head shots. ‘Just after sunrise I went down there and to my delight I found the animals still there, lying next to each other.”

“I had no experience with reptiles but I went quite close to them so I could get good pictures of their heads. Then I saw a butterfly coming very close to one of the caymans – I felt like all my luck had come at once. ‘The insect landed on the cayman’s nose and then went up to its eyes. It was so exciting,” Mr Huwiler added.

Mr Huwiler, from Zug, in Switzerland, said he immediately dashed back to his base to check the pictures, which were taken on film. “For me, the experience was one of the most beautiful moments of nature,” he also said. “Wildlife photography is an incredible journey of discovery with unlimited possibilities.” [via  Telegraph (UK); images via DailyMail (UK)]

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