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The importance of butterflies to the world!

The importance of butterflies to the world

Intrinsic value

  1. Butterflies and moths are the second most abundant species of insects in the world, after the beetles.
  2. Butterflies exist on all continents except Antarctica.
  3. Butterflies have a long natural history on Earth. Scientists have discovered butterfly fossils, one being Prodryas persophone, dating back 40 million years ago.
  4. However, scientists suggest that butterflies evolved along with the development of flowering plants during the Cretaceous Period about 65-135 million years ago.

Aesthetic value

  1. Generally, butterflies are known to be the most beautiful insects in the world.
  2. Artists, designers, poets and songwriters have been using butterflies as subjects and inspirations in their work.
  3. In some cultures, butterflies are often portrayed as symbols of souls, freedom, love and peace.

Educational value

  1. The butterfly’s life cycle is often used as a teaching tool in Science for young children. The transformation process from caterpillar to pupa is one of the most marvellous wonders in nature.
  2. The butterfly is also used in early studies to show an insect’s body parts.

Economic value

  1. Studying the arrangement of scales on butterflies’ wings have inspired researchers to invent solar panels.
  2. Butterfly farming encourages eco-tourism.

Ecosystem value

  1. Butterflies are important pollinators to most agricultural crops.
  2. In addition to their ecological niche, butterflies are also a food source to predators like birds, spiders, lizards and other animals.

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