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Puddling of Plebejus idas

Puddling of Plebejus idas
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Copyright: Ozgur Kocak (Ozgur70) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 11 N: 280] (4568)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 450D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-12 11:39
Viewed: 2870
Points: 6
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Plebejus idas (Linnaeus,1761)
Eng: Idas Blue
Tur: Esmergöz

Neary 60 pieces Male Idas blue butterflies get nutrients from moist soil.
Getting enough minerals and salt requires other food sources, including urine, dung and standing water. This is why you'll often see many butterflies drinking from very shallow, still water. This water has absorbed minerals from the soil underneath it, and the butterflies need these minerals to supplement their diet. This behavior is called puddling

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Excellent photo of these Butterflys, very interesting moment!
Regards, Joska

this is a great image Ozgur! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Ozgur

You got 60 of these beauties to pose for you and that too nicely in bunch of 1-4 well spaced out. Mud puddling is always a amazing sight and you have captured it splendidly. Thanks. Himanshu

wow, wonderful picture, I never see so much together, congrats and a good 2o12 to you I wish,

ciao, tino

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