Mud-puddling behavior in tropical butterflies: in search of proteins or minerals?

@article{Beck1999MudpuddlingBI,
  title={Mud-puddling behavior in tropical butterflies: in search of proteins or minerals?},
  author={Jan Beck and Eva M{\"u}hlenberg and Konrad Fiedler},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1999},
  volume={119},
  pages={140-148}
}
Abstract We experimentally investigated the attraction of adult butterflies to moist soil and dirt places (a behavior termed `mud-puddling') in two species-rich tropical communities on the island of Borneo. At a rain forest site, 227 individuals (46 species) were attracted to the baits, compared to 534 individuals (54 species) at a farmland site. With one single exception, all attracted butterflies were males. Of various salt and amino acid solutions, only sodium was accepted, but overall… Expand
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