THE WINGED JEWELS
Blue Tiger Butterfly
1. From time immemorial, butterflies have always fascinated humankind and no group of insects is more charismatic than the butterflies. Some of the Indian butterflies are under threat, and few are critically endangered. Large areas, once forest or wasteland, full of host and food plants, have now been cleared in the name of urbanisation. Agricultural lands keeps exceeding their boundaries in the forest area every year. Besides, their habitat loss the unauthorised use of insecticide and pesticides has drastically reduced their numbers. Some of the species have become extinct and more will follow their path in the near future.
2. Since 2010, we have reared more than 754 butterflies of different species in our garden and they took the maiden flight from our house in the wild. Our journey still continues. We have been collecting the seeds from the wild flora for their host and food plants.
3. This particular shot was taken just outside our house, where we planted the nectar plants for the Blue Tiger butterflies and its flowers blooms beautifully. All the butterflies you see in the picture are born from our house and flutter around their nectar plants everyday during sunlight hours. Butterflies and moths are indicators of healthy ecosystems. We are contributing so, our coming generations see their existence and appreciate the world of vibrant colours.
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Clare Disano • Editor