Why are Bees and Butterflies Important
Bees and Butterflies are often seen in forests, meadows, and gardens all over the globe. They not only look beautiful and add freshness to your mind but also play a vital role in the natural ecosystems and significantly impact the environment they live in. Around 20,000 species of bees and 28,000 species of butterflies are known. Both butterflies and bees have their own importance in the ecosystem. Let’s discuss how vital these insects are for the survival of the ecosystem.
The most vital role of butterflies in the ecosystem is pollination. When they
travel from one flower to another, one plant to another, they also transfer
pollens from one place to another, thus helping in fertilization and aiding many
plants, flowers, fruits, and different vegetables to produce new seeds.
The presence of butterflies also indicates that the ecosystem is healthy and
will attract other indigenous birds, animals, and bees. Because butterflies are
very sensitive to any negative environmental change, and decrease in their
population should be taken as a warning sign of a looming environmental
Butterflies also play a vital role in enhancing the diversity of the ecosystem.
Being the basal member of the food web or food chain, butterflies and
Caterpillars are crucial because they are eaten by spiders, mice, lizards, bats,
birds, and other animals. So if their population declines, it will disturb the
whole food chain, which can badly affect the balance of the ecosystem.
Sun and Heat
Many naturalists and psychologists believe that spending time in nature or
merely watching colorful butterflies in your backyard garden has a pleasant
effect on your mind.
Some types of butterflies, like monarch butterflies and caterpillars, are known
to absorb carbon dioxide from the environment, thus playing their part in
reducing pollution and global warming.
Watch out for garbage and Food Litter
When thinking of bees, the only thing that comes to your mind is honey, but
the reality is that bees are much more worth to the universe than this. Let’s see how.
Like butterflies, bees also play an essential role as pollinators. Many fruits and
vegetables that are an integral part of our diet (like strawberry, apple pie,
blueberry muffins, peas, beans, etc.) rely on cross-pollination for their
production, which is aided by bees mainly. Research has proved that during the
process of pollination by the bees, the nutritional value of crops and fruits is
also improved, which directly has a positive influence on human health.
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Unlike butterflies, bees are not eaten by other animals; even then, they are a
source of food for many animals. Many seeds, fruits, and berries pollinated by
bees are a primary source of food for many birds and animals. In fact, alfalfa (a
fodder) eaten by larger animals (like cows and buffaloes) is also pollinated by
bees, especially leafcutter bees.
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Bees pollinate different kinds of domestic and wildflowers, trees, and shrubs,
thereby increasing and ensuring the ecosystem’s biodiversity as well as beauty
in gardens and landscapes.
Bees are fantastic because they have a lot to teach humans about cooperation
and hardworking. Scientists (especially engineers) have learned the use of
hexagons from bees. In fact, bees are the most researched and studied living
creatures after humans.
Leashes & Clean Up
Bees have a lot of economic importance, and their role is multi-dimensional.
On the one hand, thousands of people are connected with bee farming and
honey production. On the other hand, bees contribute more than 75% of the
production of crops that are directly dependent on insect pollination.
How To Help Bees & Butterflies
The rapid increase in pollution, urbanization, deforestation and use of
pesticides has drastically affected bees and butterflies, and their population has
decreased to an alarming extent. So steps must be taken to support them and restore
their population, ultimately benefiting us. Here are some ways we can help and
Grow indigenous flowers and trees in your home garden.
Different species of bees or butterflies prefer different plants, so research the
type of species found in your areas and grow plants accordingly.
Don’t use pesticides or other chemicals on crops or plants.
You can support beekeeping organizations, even a small donation matters.
Keep the contact number of the different scientific organizations working on
saving bees and butterflies, and inform them immediately if you see something
unusual happening about these insects.
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