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I GOT THOSE MUD-PUDDLIN’, PALE HEDGE BLUES
Okay, actually the puddling part is insect behavior, and the blues part is what butterflies of the family Lycaenidae are called. And these particular Chinese butterflies are pale hedge blues.

Photograph by John Horstman [ itchydogimages ]
Mud-puddling Pale Hedge Blues
(Udara dilecta, of the family Lycaenidae)

Mud-puddling, or simply puddling, is behaviour most conspicuous in butterflies, but occurs in other animals as well, mainly insects; they seek out certain moist substances such as rotting plant matter, mud and carrion and they suck up the fluid. Where the conditions are suitable, butterflies will form sizable aggregations. From the fluids they obtain nutrients such as salts and amino acids that play various roles in their physiology.

Pu’er, Yunnan, China

Posted on Flickr March 25, 2014

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