Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Puddler

I love it when I walk out my front door and see this sort of thing going on in the parking lot:

puddling butterfly

Giant swallowtail puddling

The irrigation system in my housing complex breaks all the time, so we end up with little puddles all over the parking lot that attract butterflies.  Butterflies, such as this giant swallowtail, have a hard time getting enough salt and minerals in their diets, so they “puddle” – they suck up moisture from damp areas rich in the nutrients they need.  Apparently we have a salty parking lot because butterflies LOVE it!  And I love photographing them, so I consider it a win-win situation.

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2 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Puddler

  1. My neighbor has a big cement driveway that attracts pipevine swallowtails to it, but they aren’t being attracted to the salt, they’re coming after, uh, well, what the neighbor’s dogs leave behind.

    It amazes me how many beautiful butterflies feed on something so… unbeautiful.

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