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Posted by namrata pandey on July 10, 2011 at 7:46 AM

hi everyone

am posting a blog after a long time. sorry for being too late.

Why conserve butterflies?

Butterflies feed on nectar flowering plants and in turn serve as important and indispensable pollinators of many flowering plants (both wild as well as crops grown by farmers such as Cadaba fruticosa (Kukka vominta) which grows only when pollinated by certain species of butterflies.

The caterpillars of most of the butterflies feed and develop on weeds instead of agricultural crops thus helping in controlling weeds on farms and appropriately be called friends of farmers

Butterflies are one of the most important food chain component of birds, reptiles, spiders and predatory insects.

More importantly, they are good indicators of environmental changes, being sensitive to and directly affected by changes in habitats, atmosphere and weather conditions.

Butterflies are of great esthetic value. Being beautiful and colourful they form part of the heritage of a nation and need to be preserved at all costs.

Causes that endanger butterflies

Habitat destruction, degradation of forests and their fragmentation.

Application of pesticides and weedicides is one primary cause for depletion of valuable butterfly species and their numbers.

Trampling and grazing also affect flora which harbour and sustain many butterflies, both adults and their larvae. Large scale eco-tourism programmes in vulnerable butterfly habitats can harm many butterfly species.

Measures to conserve butterflies

Legal protection accorded to butterflies and their dependant flora goes a long way in preserving habitats of butterflies. The butterfly species are protected in Schedule-I, Schedule-II and Schedule-IV. The first Schedule lists 15 butterfly species of peninsular India. Bio-piracy of butterflies of First Schedule can lead to imprisonment of up to 6 years and a fine. The Kaiser-i-Hind and Bhutan Glory top this list and are already entered into the red-data book. The Second Schedule lists 47 species of peninsular butterflies and subspecies.

 

Forest Department can make efforts to record and protect butterfly diversity in Andhra Pradesh. A.P. Biodiversity Board has started efforts in enlisting protection of butterfly species of the region.

 

Encouraging butterfly gardens in homes and institutions and erection of butterfly parks in various parks of the state go a long way in focusing and enhancing our commitment and interest towards these species and thereby create awareness and appreciation of these valuable but slowly dwindling creatures.

 

As a long term objective educating people to set up butterfly ranches and farms would help to restore and restock the butterfly population.

thanks for reading

regards

namrata





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7 Comments

Reply prerna sachdeva of apeejay school pitampura
10:01 AM on July 25, 2011 
Butterfly gardens is an excellent suggestion to preserve and encourage the beautiful butterflies. In fact creating a butterfly garden of our own isn't a very difficult task either.Every garden attracts a few butterflies that are wandering by but creating a habitat especially for these colourful visitors requires only a few steps and is an extremely rewarding project that brings kids and parents together in the mothers classroom.
Its common knowledge that butterflies love flowers , but they prefer flowers with bright colours and strong scents.Also they like a flower large enough to offer a landing pad. Groups of blooms in vivid resplendent shades of red, yellow and orange attract them the most.
Flowers like day-lilies , marigolds, asters, butterfly bush, goldenrod; daisies and milkweed are good choices for a butterfly garden.It should also be taken into account that chemicals like pesticides kill caterpillars and butterflies, so they should be avoided as much as possible. Instead plants like mint, marigold and petunias should be encouraged as they're natural pests repellants.
I hope this 'll guide and encourage people to create their own pretty little butterfly gardens at least those who 've got the space and protect this amazing and intriguing god's creation!!!
Reply saumya
9:37 AM on July 25, 2011 
hi this was a very nice method to conserve the butterflies.thats nice. I hv also posted a few methode to conserve butterfly.
Reply Somya Sangal Apeejay Pitampura
9:02 AM on July 25, 2011 
Over the last few centuries, we?ve made drastic changes to just about every natural habitat on the planet. Disappearing of butterflies can affect our ecosystem very adversely. Many flowering plants are so closely linked to butterflies (and vice versa) that one cannot survive without the other.Butterflies have annual life cycles (transforming from egg to adult in a year), requiring that the same conditions be present every year for new eggs to mature. That makes butterflies especially sensitive to climate change, such as pollution and habitat loss, and causes them to be more responsive than birds, plants and other species with longer life cycles. Therefore, an abundance of butterflies usually indicates a healthier ecosystem.

Human activities are upsetting and destroying that delicate equilibrium that sustains the diversity of butterflies These are leading to the decrease in butterfly numbers as well as butterfly diversity. Some of the threats faced by the butterflies are habitat devastation, indiscriminate and overuse of pesticides, pollination, vanishing plants, Illegal gathering and trading which is very insensitive and we should all come together to eradicate these malpractices.

Of the 17,000 species of butterflies of the world, about 1500 species are to be found in Indian sub-continent which is generally grouped in butterflies of oriental region. The states of North-east including Sikkim, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh contain more than 50% of the known Indian butterflies i.e. about 800 species. While the states dominated by Western Ghats comprise about 315 to 342 butterfly species, the state of Andhra Pradesh still remains unexplored completely. We should take certain steps to conserve butterflies

FIRST METHOD -Butterfly Farming

Decide the section land/garden to raise the butterflies on.
Find someone to train you and your friends in how to manage of a variety of butterfly species. Farms may take various shapes, and farming is done in different ways, but a
Need a protected enclosure to protect the stock with adequate climate control
Wild stock must be introduced periodically to avoid inbreeding.
SECOND WAY ? Butterfly Open-Ranching on the Insect?s Natural Habitat
Native wild free ranging adults can be used.
The butterflies will feed and lay eggs in gardens planted on the edge of existing forest.
This method is preferable for several reasons:
It provides constant genetic variability
The butterflies? native forest habitat is preserved.
Local ranchers/citizens become protectors of the forest as the source of their livelihoods.
Reply Shreya Chauhan- APJ Pitampura
8:55 AM on July 25, 2011 
Butterflies are very important to the ecosystem. Butterflies serve as an excellent barometer of our environment because of their sensitive nature to habitat destruction. Hence it is very disheartening to learn that their numbers are dwindling and that too because of the selfish needs of some people. I guess we should pressurize the forest agencies to come up with a more effective setup to monitor them and protect them. We can also do our own bit by setting up butterfly gardens or by creating awareness on the same amongst ourselves. As said by Mahatma Gandhi, "In a gentle way, you can shake the world", I guess it is time for the youth to save these incredible creatures by being the change themselves... Let's join hands to conserve these winged jewels.
Reply aakarsha handa
9:05 PM on July 13, 2011 
Butterflies are very important for human survival.Many of us do not know about their importance . Butterflies are endangered species the main reason being the lack of knowledge among people. Awareness should be spread on this issue as well so as to make people more aware . If the people are aware of their extinction , then they will force the government to make more laws and strict laws towards this.
Secondly , like the Andhra Pradesh board , why cant all the states set up forests especially for butterflies to increase their habitat .The cities pose the greatest threat to their survival due to amounting pollution.So on the outskirts of each city butterfly forests can be set up.
Next , the people can themselves open small butterfly parks by planting butterfly host plants in their nearby parks or in their own gardens thereby doing their bit.
Reply aakarsha handa
8:30 AM on July 12, 2011 
well , if all work together - the government , the departments and most importantly us - towards this , then we can definitely overcome the problem of butterfly extinction.But yes , we must realise that until and unless we take the first step towards this no changs will be made.We must understand our importance towards this.
Reply Edith Flores Wolff
9:20 AM on July 11, 2011 
These are very important points that you touched on Namrata. I would suggest that everyone answers these questions and we put them together. I love the way you bring in structure to your blogs. Keep it up and thanks!