What is mud-puddling?
There are species of butterflies and moths that like mud-puddling.
Mud-puddling involves feeding on wet soil, mud, dead animals, and animal manure – usually in groups, called aggregations. The butterflies suck up the liquid because it contains nutrients.
Mud-puddling usually happens after rain.
In most species of butterflies, males and females mud-puddle, and in other species, only the male mud-puddles. The liquid is released out of their body, which attracts females.
Some other insects, such as leafhoppers and bees, also like mud-puddling.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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