Feature Story

Wonder wings

Black beauty....
Art everywhere...
Butterfly adds the beauty...
Why are butterflies called "butterflies"
Wild but beautiful.....
Butterflies made me so happy today.....
Butterfly on ramp....
World of urban glamour....
Essence of garden...
"Journey from caterpillar to butterfly”
Life is short but to show my beauty....

A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect. Butterflies are found all over the world and in all types of environments: hot and cold, dry and moist, at sea level and high in the mountains. Most butterfly species, however, are found in tropical areas, especially tropical rainforests. About 12,000 or more butterflies are existing in this earth. Many butterflies migrate in order to avoid adverse environmental conditions (like cold weather). Butterfly migration is not well understood. Most migrate relatively short distances (like the Painted Lady, the Red Admiral, and the Common Buckeye), but a few (like some Monarchs) migrate thousands of miles.

There are butterflies and moths on every continent on Earth except Antarctica. Most moth caterpillars make cocoons, but butterfly caterpillars don't make cocoons.The average life of a butterfly is about one month but some live only a few days. There are a few--like the Monarch--that can live as long as 8 months. Most butterflies are not good pollinators because pollen doesn't stick to their legs and tongues. The Monarch, however, is a good pollinator and it loves milkweeds. Pro-tect and plant milkweed. Moths, however, are good polli-nators, especially hummingbird moths.

Threat to butterflies- Some butterflies may be in trouble because of habitat loss. Because of the destruction of forests and grasslands, some types of butterflies have nowhere to feed and lay eggs. To help, some people plant a butterfly garden with flowers having lots of nectar for butterflies to feed on. Some people also keep plants that butterflies lay eggs on, and enjoy watching the caterpillars hatch out and feed on the plant. Chemical sprays that are used to keep pests away from garden plants, also kill butterflies.

I have just tried to take few snaps of butterflies available in nature without any tripod. I hope you will like the photographs and provide your valuable comments. Thanks for visiting my page.

"Lets come together and join hands to save the beautiful creatures of the earth".

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16 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (21 Nov 2013):

    Wonderful, well-researched writing & gorgeous photos! What else is there?!


    NIRAJ KATARUKA gave props (28 Nov 2013):

    lovely pics...eye catching write up...

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (1 Dec 2013):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (2 Dec 2013):

    Thank you Geoff for your kind nomination... I am grateful for this. I am sure you have beautiful eyes for which you could appreciate the same.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (6 Dec 2013):

    You already know that your butterfly images are right at the top of my Saroj favs. Beautiful presentation of some very fine work.

  • JPG

    JPG   gave props (8 Dec 2013):

    Congrats on being Story of the Week!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (8 Dec 2013):

    Saroj - thrilled to see you get story of the week for this fabulous photo essay - congrats and my vote!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (8 Dec 2013):

    Congratulations Saroj on story of the week...Well deserved.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (8 Dec 2013):

    Congrats Saroj!

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos said (8 Dec 2013):

    Congrats. These butterflies help paint the world!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (9 Dec 2013):

    Thank you JPG and my friends for encouragement. Thanks to Geoff Plant for nomination.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Dec 2013):

    Dear JPG: THANK YOU for featuring this story for the 'Story of the Week'

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (9 Dec 2013):

    Saroj, A great big congratulations! These images and story are magnificent

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (9 Dec 2013):

    Congratulations Saroj..a beauty!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (10 Dec 2013):

    Very timely story, well done. Great images and important words.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (10 Dec 2013):

    Congratulations Saroj on story of the week!!! A beautiful and powerful message here.. Well done!

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