By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung

STARING up at his colourful visitor, this caiman gets a shock as a butterfly lands on its face to drink fluid from the reptile’s eye

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Caiman are a reptile closely related to alligators and crocodiles

Photographer, Wim van den Heever perfectly captured the incredible moment the spectacular bright orange creature gets too close for comfort.

Wim said: “The butterfly started drinking the fluid in the caiman’s eye, which it seems they often do"

Wim, 44, said: “I was photographing caiman along a small river in the Pantanal in Brazil.

A colourful orange butterfly prepares to land in between the caiman's eyes

“I was using my small boat to position at just the right angles, almost lying flat on the deck of the boat to get a good angle.”

The caiman appears to open its mouth in an attempt to snap up the butterfly

Caiman are a reptile closely related to alligators and crocodiles, with six different species found in central and south America.

To Wim’s surprise the beautiful butterfly then flew into the scene and landed on the eye of the caiman.

Like crocodiles, caimans are long, squat creatures, with big jaws and long tails

“The butterfly started drinking the fluid in the caiman’s eye, which it seems they often do, as I’ve seen this behaviour on a number of occasions,” Wim explained.

Like crocodiles, caimans are long, squat creatures, with big jaws and long tails.

In several of the images, the caiman initially seems unfazed by its new friend

They have thick, scaled skin, and their eyes and noses are located on the tops of their heads which enables them to see and breathe while the rest of their body is underwater.

In several of the images, the caiman initially seems unfazed by its new friend but moments later it appears to open its mouth in an attempt to snap up the butterfly.

Photographer, Wim, got up close with the unlikely duo using a small boat

The Pretoria-based photographer said: “Although I have seen this behavior before, it has always been at a distance. It was great to have a butterfly fly in while I was photographing the Caiman.

“The butterfly stayed for quite a while - at least five minutes - flying from one caiman to the next.”