Sunday, 5 December 2010

Butterfly Gathering


Iguazu National Park, Argentina

9 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have never seen such green butterflies. Diane

Jacob said...

How interesting...different kinds of butterflies hanging together...must be a convention in town!

Jean said...

Yes...this is most interesting. Thanks for sharing!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Fascinating and they are not all the same type.

Hilke Breder said...

They seemed to be gathering on a wet spot. Are they drinking water? Would be interesting to find out.

JM said...

@Hilke: Yes, they are getting moisture from the ground.

Landfill Bird Blog said...

@Hilke: The behavior is called
puddling. Butterflies need certain minerals that they cannot get from eating nectar alone, so they visit still puddles that contain dissolved minerals from the soil.

Hilke Breder said...

Thanks for the info and the link. I guess it's similar to Macaws eating clay.

Babzy said...

i would have loved to see that :)