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    Ever so often, we encounter many species of butterflies which puddle (stopping at damp patches on roads, dirt paths, etc., to drink from a variety of sources). However, not all species puddle though, and in quite a number of the families like Papilionidae and Pieridae in particular, only the males puddle. The physiological reasons for puddling have been discussed here and gives some explanations why only the males puddle.

    We'd like to keep this thread open for everyone to post their encounters of puddling butterflies so that we can have a list of all the puddlers as a reference. So upload your puddling photos here and we will update the checklist as we go along!

    Remember, to define "puddle" the butterfly must be feeding on some damp surface on the ground, or some dropping, excreta or other 'salt-bearing' substance. This is different from those butterflies which are feeding on the fermented juices of rotting fruit, sap of trees and so on. So please distinguish between the two.

    List of Puddling Butterfly Species - Observed and/or Photographed.

    Family : Papilionidae SubFamily : Papilioninae

    Pachliopta aristolochiae asteris (Common Rose)
    Papilio demoleus malayanus (Lime Butterfly)
    Papilio demolion demolion (Banded Swallowtail)
    Papilio polytes romulus (Common Mormon)
    Papilio memnon agenor (Great Mormon)
    Papilio prexaspes prexaspes (Blue Helen)
    Graphium sarpedon luctatius (Common Bluebottle)
    Graphium evemon eventus (Blue Jay)
    Graphium doson evemonides (Common Jay)
    Graphium agamemnon agamemnon (Tailed Jay)
    Pathysa antiphates itamputi (Five Bar Swordtail)

    Family : Pieridae Subfamily : Pierinae
    Delias pasithoe parthenope (Red Base Jezebel)
    Delias hyparete metarete (Painted Jezebel)
    Appias lyncida vasava (Chocolate Albatross)
    Appias libythea olferna (Striped Albatross)
    Hebomoia glaucippe aturia (Great Orange Tip)

    Family : Pieridae Subfamily : Coliadinae

    Catopsilia pomona pomona (Lemon Emigrant)
    Eurema hecabe contubernalis (Common Grass Yellow)
    Eurema simulatrix tecmessa
    Eurema blanda snelleni (Three Spot Grass Yellow)
    Eurema sari sodalis (Chocolate Grass Yellow)
    Gandaca harina distanti (Tree Yellow)

    Family : Nymphalidae Subfamily : Danainae

    Euploea midamus singapura (Blue Spotted Crow)
    Euploea tulliolus ledereri (Dwarf Crow)
    Euploea radamanthus radamanthus (Magpie Crow)

    List to be updated ...
    Last edited by Commander; 26-Mar-2007 at 10:14 AM.
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    Posted this pic last week in the sighting forum.
    Two butts, Tapena thwaitesi bornea and Common Hedge Blue, in one pic feeding on the bird dropping on the wet ground.

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    Adding on one more puddler that is more often seen hopping in the low bushes than on the wet sand.
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    same guy different medium.
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    After my sweat!
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    One puddling Cabbage White.


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    Papilionidae

    2 Great Helens! Surprised they weren't on the list in the first place.



    Not sure if you want to add non-local species in, here are some dragontails.



    Nymphalidae

    Is feeding on bird droppings considered puddling? If it is here's Eulaceura osteria kumana and Tawny Palmfly.



    Lycaenidae

    Fluffy Tit likes my sweat.


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    [QUOTE=abielneo;55623]

    2 Great Helens! Surprised they weren't on the list in the first place.



    They look more like red helens. Nice shot. Red helens r known to puddle. Mr Khew says that great helens haf not been observed to puddle in singapore. Does anyone know why da bottom helen has those white spots at the edge of the hindwings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by abielneo View Post




    This fluffy tit is feeding on bird droppings!
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    you have problem reading? thought abileneo mentioned that "Fluffy Tit likes my sweat."

    I can see hairs on probably human arm.

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