These Butterflies Drink Tears From A Turtle’s Eyes, The Reason Why Is Oddly Brilliant.
There's something unusual happening in the western Amazon rainforest, and it makes for some pretty amazing images.
Butterflies are flocking to the heads - and more specifically eyes- of the reptiles in the region, and what they're not just sitting there to rest. See the photos below to find out the purpose of this odd behavior. And, if you're not interested in answers, you'll at least get to see some of the most spectacular nature photos out there.
The butterflies are landing on the heads of the yellow-spotted river turtles of the western Amazon, along with other reptiles.
But what exactly are they doing there? They're drinking the reptiles' tears.
The liquid in the eyes of the reptiles contains sodium, which is a mineral that has become harder and harder to find in the western Amazon. Naturally, the butterflies had to come up with a solution.
Reptiles get plenty of sodium through their meat-eating diet, while butterflies can't seem to get enough.
So, the butterflies use the resources at their disposal - and it doesn't seem to bother the turtles too much.
Apparently, there are enough crocodile tears to go around.
Carlos de la Rosa
Watch a butterfly and a bee drink a crocodile's tears.