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Crocodile Tears = Quick Sip for Butterflies and Bees



Yes, crocodile tears are real though they are shed for eye lubrication and not as an expression of false sympathy as the idiom has come to imply.  In fact, their tears are full of nutrients and minerals (not unlike human tears) and can provide a quick pit stop for insects  as the incredible picture below demonstrates.

(Image Credit: Dr. Oscar de la Rosa/SciNews)

Taken by Dr. Carlos de la Rosa in Costa Rica, the crocodile (actually a spectacled caiman) sat calmly as a butterfly AND a bumblebee licked its “tears”, officially known as lacryphagous behavior.  This carried on for 15 minutes all of which Dr. de la Rosa filmed.  Watched the video and read more at SciNews.

Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.