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Swallowtail butterflies 'puddling'

Papilio glaucus / Papilio troilus / Papilio polyxenes

Description:

Male Eastern, Black & Spicebush swallowtails 'puddling' in moist soil at the edge of Williamsport lake. By sipping moisture from mud puddles, butterflies take in salts and minerals from the soil. This behavior is called puddling, and is mostly seen in male butterflies. That's because males incorporate those extra salts and minerals into their sperm.

Notes:

There were at least 30 swallowtails in this one spot.


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14 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

William, yes this is a major civil war area round here & there are lots of battlefields - there are also some really nice state parks & reserves. I've been out with the local birding group a couple of times though I have to admit I didn't manage to spot much & just ended up with a very stiff neck - I guess it's knack & I need more practice!

Darwin26
Darwin26 8 years ago

some nice country to be catching butterflies in your camera. Very Sweet indeed.
i visited the Civil War Nat'l Park in Franklin a few years back and for sure there's some great birding and butterflying in Civil War Parks...it's great they had all those battles in parks - makes it so much easier on groomed grounds.

OHHHH my!!!!!!:-))))

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Guys!

PeterChereshnoski
PeterChereshnoski 8 years ago

excellent spotting and information on puddling....thankyou!

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textless 8 years ago

Wonderful photos!

Raiyan Ahmed
Raiyan Ahmed 8 years ago

Beauty!!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Guys! I guess it goes to prove that in nature nothing goes to waste!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Great spotting KarenL! I've seen similar "congregations" of old world swallowtails and other butterflies extracting minerals from dung...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/652...

MickGrant
MickGrant 8 years ago

Good job Karen, In Asia have seen them "puddling" near a male latrine.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks pyoung!

p.young713
p.young713 8 years ago

Very good spotting!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks annorion!

annorion
annorion 8 years ago

Interesting spotting!

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.70, Long: -87.22

Spotted on Sep 1, 2011
Submitted on Sep 27, 2011

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