Sodium Uptake by Puddling in a Moth

@article{Smedley1995SodiumUB,
  title={Sodium Uptake by Puddling in a Moth},
  author={Scott R. Smedley and Thomas Eisner},
  journal={Science},
  year={1995},
  volume={270},
  pages={1816 - 1818}
}
Male Lepidoptera commonly visit stands of water to drink, a behavior known as puddling. Males of the notodontid moth Gluphisia septentrionis routinely puddle for hours, imbibing hundreds of gut-loads and voiding the fluid as repetitive anal jets. Cationic analyses showed puddling to lead to systemic sodium gain, a potential benefit to Gluphisia, whose larval food plant is low in sodium. Male Gluphisia are specialized for puddling, possessing a wide oral slit and a highly expanded enteric… Expand
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