Photograph Captures Two ‘Dryas Iulia’ Butterflies Drinking the Tears of Turtles in Ecuador

butterflies drink turtle tears

A photograph by Ama la Vida TV captures a pair of Dryas iulia butterflies drinking the tears of turtles in Ecuador. The behavior is known as lachryphagy (tear drinking), and is done as a way to gain nutrients and moisture.

The photograph won the 2014 Wikimedia Picture of the Year competition.

photo via Wikimedia