Butterflies are beneficial to the environment through the symbiotic relationship they maintain with the plants they visit and their preferences for organic, native habitats. Although the larval caterpillar feeds on its host plant, this minimal damage is often worth the benefits that come from the adult butterfly. With the visual appeal of these showy insects, humans are drawn to increase their knowledge of butterflies, resulting in a greater understanding of our role in protecting them.
Butterflies are attracted to brightly colored, fragrant flowers and feed on nectar produced by the flowers. As the butterflies travel from one flower to another, they pollinate the plants, resulting in further development of plant species. Numerous plants rely on pollinators, such as butterflies, for reproduction.
Conservation of Resources
Butterflies’ preference for native plants can be considered an environmental benefit, since landscaping with native plants is a more sustainable practice. Natives are better adapted to their climate, so they require fewer resources to be maintained and are hardier. Because they are a common host to butterflies, native plant habitats are appealing to many homeowners..
Encouraging Habitats and Wildlife
Butterflies are extremely susceptible to pesticides and insecticides. By not requiring the use of harmful chemical applications, native habitats not only provide a safe haven for butterflies, but also for other creatures as well. This includes spiders and ladybugs, which are natural predators of damaging insects often found on edible plants. The adult butterfly and the larval caterpillar are also good food sources for wildlife, such as birds and lizards.
Promote Environmental Awareness
Butterfly habitats provide intriguing natural settings through the colorful appeal of the flowers and insects. This aesthetic draws human interest, which can result in a greater awareness of the environment and a better understanding of our role in preserving natural habitats.