My garden is frequented by at least three of the 907 recognized species of butterflies that may be found in the Philippines, including 352 species that are endemic to the country. I’ve seen a couple more, but my iPhone is unable to record them because of how quickly they move. My heart leaps with excitement every time I get a glimpse of their radiance and vibrancy, and I want to be able to share that happiness with you.
The Lepidoptera, sometimes known as the butterfly family, is stunning to look at and very important to human survival. In addition to bees, significant pollinators include birds, bats, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and other insects. Because of the effort that they put in, we now have access to a diverse range of edible fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds. Without these tireless pollinators, it would be impossible for humanity to continue.
Unfortunately, many species of pollinators, including butterflies and bees, are going the way of the dinosaurs as a direct result of the devastation of their natural habitats. Agriculture, forestry, commercial and residential construction, and mining are only some of the human activities that have led to the destruction of habitat.
You, however, may play a role in reversing this trend by creating a refuge for pollinators in your own garden and making it accessible to them. Your garden will have a significant influence on pollinators since these insects need as much assistance as they can get. It doesn’t matter how big your butterfly sanctuary is; even something as little as a balcony will suffice. Make sure that you only keep the plants that are natural to the area, and stay away from any chemicals that might be toxic. The native pollinators and the natural plants that are able to flourish in our environment have coevolved through time, so they provide a mutually beneficial relationship.
For further information, please go to www.thespruce.com. There are films on the website that should be able to walk you through the process of creating a butterfly garden.
Sir David Attenborough, a renowned British broadcaster and naturalist, has been quoted as saying that “…even simply spending time in your backyard garden observing butterflies is crucial for our mental health.” Amen!