Butterflies drink what?

You know butterflies drink from flowers. But, did you know they drink from lots of other stuff too? Some butterflies drink from rotting fruit, particularly rain-forest species. Most of our local residents drink nectar from flowers. BUT... they are happy to drink minerals out of a puddle, a dead animal carcass or even a pile of poop! There are some nutrients that just cannot be obtained from sugary nectar. I took this picture in the Smoky Mountains. Look how many species of butterflies are here (I see at least 5 individuals here and 3 species!). Males especially cherish poop because it makes them more eligible as a mate. Female butterflies can sense if a male has a more desirable nutrient pac

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