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Nymphalid butterflies salt puddle feeding

Nymphalid butterflies salt puddle feeding

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Small leopard butterflies (Phalanta alcippe) swarm around a source of minerals in Thailand - in this case the burnt rock hearth of a camp fire. One of the principle objectives is to gain sodium and, from organic matter, amino acids - which are incorporated into male spermatophores as a nuptual gift. The female requires an abundance of them to lay viable eggs.

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Model release not required. Property release not required.

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