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Mudpuddling of Spot Swordtail Butterfly

Gramphium nomius


Mudpuddling usually involves newly hatched males. It is often a social activity where at times several hundred butterflies, especially males of one or more species, can be seen on damp sand or mud banks. Mudpuddling males often spend a long time on these damp patches, where they suck salts along with water. Except for a few exceptions, most butterflies mud-puddle. Among Swallow-tails the Common Bluebottle, Common Jay, Glassy Bluebottle, Spot Swordtail are avid mudpuddlers and are often seen together in large congregations of a single species. In pierids, Common and Mottled Emigrants, Grass Yellows, Sawtooths, Gulls, Puffins and Albatross are very often seen on damp patches. However, Common Jazebel does not seem to mudpuddle. Almost all Brush-footed butterflies, including Tigers, Crows and Browns are mudpuddlers. Blues are also seen congregating on damp patches. Skippers too mudpuddle, but unlike other butterflies, they are never seen in single-species congregations.

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Darvesh 9 years ago

amazingly awesome !!

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

Thanks a lot friends... :)

Seema 9 years ago

Incredible phenomenon..

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Wonderful series!

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

@KarenL: Done... :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Great series - very interesting behavior! I'm sure many users won't have heard of mud puddling before so could you provide some info on this in the notes?
Please also complete the scientific name box so that this can come off of the unidentified list. Thanks!

harsuame 9 years ago

preciosas series

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 9 years ago

@Leuba: these r Common Emigrant Butterflies..

VivBraznell 9 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

great spotting ! - do you know what the other little group of pale lime green butterflies are ? -Lovely photos

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Lovely picture,,

Atul 9 years ago

beautifully captured!

Rajas Deshpande
Spotted by
Rajas Deshpande

Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Apr 21, 2012
Submitted on Apr 23, 2012

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