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This Photo Shows Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears

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This remarkable photograph shows two Julia Butterflies in Ecuador quenching their thirst by drinking tears from the eyes of two turtles. The turtles calmly allow the butterflies to get refreshment from their eyes ask they bask in the sun on a log. The phenomenon of “tear-feeding” is something known as “lachryphagy.”

Here’s a closer crop of the photo that shows the details of whats going on:

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The photograph was published by the Ecuador Ministry of Tourism with a Creative Commons license. It was awarded Picture of the Year in 2014 by the Wikimedia Commons.

(via Wikimedia Commons via Colossal)

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