Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Reposting of the Wild Butterfly Party

Place of the Butterfly Party

Wednesday’s Photos

Wild Party of the Butterflies

On a  walk along the shore of the Arrow Lake in June I came across a most curious sight. On the ground I spotted a gathering of butterflies which displayed a rather odd behaviour. They were attracted to a grey mass of an object. Tightly bunched together they appeared to be in a drinking frenzy with their proboscises sucking up some undefinable liquid. First I shot a few pictures from several metres away fearing that they might fly away before I had a chance to capture their bizarre behaviour. As I came closer and closer I noticed that they completely ignored my presence. Rather they behaved like people in a bar being in various stages of intoxication. One butterfly was lying on its side sticking its proboscis deep into a crack of the unknown substance. Others sitting on top of one another. I was deeply puzzled. Now I was so close that my camera lens was able to take close-ups at times even touching their wings. Then I finally realized that the source of their attraction  was a fish head, which had been left at the beach by a fisherman. I hope you can still enjoy the photos. Apparently butterflies do not always go after the colourful flowers. At times they rather prefer the valuable nutrients of a rotten fish head.


17 thoughts on “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

  1. Wonderful photos. They’ll even gather around things like animal droppings, sucking up the minerals and such that nectar doesn’t provide. I sometimes see them along muddy roads, sipping the moisture. I suppose that’s how the butterfly practice called “mud-puddling” got its name.

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  2. That is similar to the “puddling” that butterflies do on a muddy puddle. They are extracting minerals from the fish just as they do from the mud. Not exactly eating the fish but licking its surface with their proboscis. What we consider gross is an m.o. for other species.

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  3. I suppose the instinct for survival takes them to places we might scarcely imagine. Interestingly, on a trip to the lower Himalayas last week, place called Ramgarh, we came across the most butterflies per cubic feet that we have seen for a while. I suppose the place having a pleasant climate and abundantly growing flowers and fruits has something to do with it. Many varieties of birds and bees as well.

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