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Insects of Kentucky: Butterflies, mud-puddling on Ray Miller Road

2013-07-22 - Ray Miller Road, District 6, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener. It's a scene often seen, but seldom understood the gathering of butterflies on a dry bridge, as these are above, often of diverse species of butterflies. Maybe not enough to be a bona fide rabble of butterflies, but several. It's not always, in full context, so pretty a picture. We've excised the litter they were feeding on. It's interesting to learn that they are after, not sugar, but nutrients such as salt and amino acides, according to the Wikipedia entry, Mud-puddling. These were sighted on the dry bridge over a small stream - no name as she knows of, according to Lisa Greer, expert on the subject of bridges in the office of Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton. - EW
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