A Crocodile Wearing a Crown of Butterflies. Traveling through the Amazon to study repents and terraqueous diversity with the Herpetology Division at the University of Michigan.
The photographer Mark Cowan happened upon a strange sight- a caiman whose head was nearly covered in butterflies.
The occurrence itself isn’t particularly unusual. Salt is critical to the survival of many creatures like butterflies and bees who sometimes drink tears from repents in regions where the mineral is unavailable (we’ve seen the same thing happen with turtles).
What made this visibility so extraordinary was seeing the butterflies organize themselves into three different species groups atop the Crocodile’s head. (Thesis)