swallowtails puddling in shallow water
Photo: Howard B. Eskin
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Puddling for Minerals

"In the wild, groups of butterflies can be found around a small depression of shallow water engaging in puddling," says Steven Saffier, the coordinator of the Audubon Society’s Audubon at Home program. A shallow dish with rocks and a bit of tap water can mimic this activity. Butterflies will extract minerals from the water. Another way to provide minerals is to create a bare spot with moist soil in your butterfly garden.
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