Michael A Eccles

Michael A Eccles

Posted on 07/28/2014

Photo taken on July 24, 2014

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Green Veined Whites24072014Tunstall3284

Green Veined Whites24072014Tunstall3284
Green Veined Whites Puddling.

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.

When butterflies mate, the nutrients are transferred to the female through the sperm. These extra salts and minerals improve the viability of the female's eggs, increasing the couple's chances of passing on their genes to another generation.