A bizarre Amazonian butterfly is the ultimate freeloader, researchers say. The butterfly species steals and eats gooey bamboo secretions from its ant neighbors, in a relationship known as kleptoparasitism, new research has found. «They’re kind of jerks at the adult stage,» said study co-author Aaron Pomerantz, a field biologist at thenextgenscientist.com. «They’re just stealing a resource, and they’re getting away with it for now.»
live science | By | June 27, 2016
Video: BUTTERFLY DISCOVERY in the Amazon!
A walk through the woods in the Tambopata Amazon Rainforest can turn into a discovery of a never-before-seen behavior! Aaron Pomerantz (@nextgenscientist) and I (@phil_torres) collaborated on project to solve the mystery behind this incredible butterfly.
Huge thanks to http://www.perunature.com for supporting our research, go visit Tambopata and see this butterfly for yourself!
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