See you down the puddle! Puddling in butterflies.

‘Puddling’ or ‘mud-puddling’ is when butterflies, moths and other insects settle on moist substrates to absorb liquids. Butterflies – particularly in the tropics – exhibit this puddling behaviour when feeding on moist ground, mud, animal excrement, rotting fruits, carrion, dung, bird droppings, sweat, tears and so on. One might think that puddling butterflies are just…

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park covers an area of 430 sq kms along the southern bank of the river Brahmaputra, in the province of Assam, in NE India. The park is famous for having the largest remaining pop… Source: Kaziranga National Park

Tame me a Tegu!

I came across quite a few tegus – large lizards – when visiting Iguazu National Park in northern Argentina. As far as I can tell, they are all the Argentine black and white tegu (Salvator merianae), also called the Argentine giant tegu (1). They wander round quite happily, despite the presence of large numbers of people coming…

A fruit loving moth

This wonderful looking moth is in fact a bit of a pest, on account of the fact that it likes to make holes in fruits and suck out the juices! Hence it has acquired the name Cocalus Fruit Piercing Moth, which sounds very grand for such a little insect. This is the female shown here (above);…