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This male Chalkhill Blue attached it self to the handle of one my walking sticks and hiked with me for a good 15 minutes. Sweat is attractive to butterflies, where they will obtain nutrients such as salt.
A rocky path going though an alpine meadow, alt. 1800 m ASL. This butterfly favours chalk and limestone slopes, and sites grazed by sheep or cattle. This butterfly is found from lowlands right up to high in the mountains.
Male butterflies benefit from sodium uptake as it seems to increase their reproductive success. Sodium and amino acids are often transferred to the female with the spermatophore during mating as a nuptial gift. This nutrition also enhances the survival rate of eggs.
Spotted on Sep 7, 2012
Submitted on Sep 24, 2012
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