The beauty of the butterfly has awed and inspired people throughout time. They are the muse for many artists as their life cycle from pupae to full winged beauty as a metaphor for death and rebirth is richly illustrated throughout literary and other forms of artistic works. One of the most famous texts to use this metaphor is Alice in Wonderland.
It would be criminal to live in a world without butterflies as they bring smiles and joy to so many throughout the world. In 2010 there are still many species in every part of the world but sadly their populations are dwindling rapidly. This is caused by a number of factors that often seem so much bigger then us as individuals.
Many times we feel helpless to do something to turn things around. Well maybe instead of becoming overwhelmed we can begin by doing simple things like –
planting a butterfly garden
Imagine if every building in the city had a simple small garden – on a balcony or in the back or alongside of the building or even on the rooftop.
learning about the plants that butterflies like and need
share that information with friends, family and fellow gardeners.
Here are some sites that are loaded with tons of information to get you started – on butterfly gardening!
LINK – Butterfly Conservation Org
PDF – Butterfly Garden Guide
Austrailian Specific Butterfly Planting Information – Gardening for Butterflies
USA Specific Butterfly Planting Information – The Butterfly Site
What might you suggest? Share your ideas in the comment section.
This year in March a publication has become available about endangered european butterflies. It is quite informative. Knowledge is power. You can download the PDF file European Red List of Butterflies. The publication includes many images of butterflies and good information.
- There are 37 distinct species of butterflies only found in europe.
- Egyptian frescoes at Thebes dating back from 3500 years ago include representations of butterflies.
- Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.
- Butterflies are a good indicator of bio-diversity and balance in the natural world.
- Butterflies skeletons are on the outside of their bodies, it is called the exoskeleton. Their exoskeleton is their protection and keeps water inside their bodies.
Here is a short slideshow of pictures from the New York Times and finally, I hope that a butterfly will find its way to your garden this year and who knows – maybe – just maybe – your garden will be the ground for a new generation of butterflies.
Happy balcony gardening!