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Old 01-17-2013, 04:54 PM   #4
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I didn't realize it was little understood. I was always told that puddling was to allow butterflies to get minerals they needed...I had no idea that males tended to puddle more than females. Interesting.

Whatever the reason, I'm hoping to attract them and witness the puddling behavior. I originally planned an area of the pond specifically for butterflies to puddle in. This year, I had one area in place, but never saw any activity. However, I think I need another area with more of a damp, mineral-rich soil as opposed to just shallow pond water with gravel for "perching".
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