Butterflies come to pretty flowers

By Bilal Bahadur

As the spring and summer bloomers make garden irresistible to the nectar lovers, love is in the air.

The colour and fragrance all over is marked by days that start to grow longer, temperatures that commence to upsurge, and the plants that wake up from the winter slumber start to develop beautiful blooms.

The butterflies counts not months but moments and flies fast and far  searching for their partners. It is not one sided affair. Not only the feed, flowers in cooler climates provide Butterfly with a warm place to rest. As one poet writes, The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly.

Lured to a flower by its fragrance, Butterfly use its feet to taste and land in arms of flowers which have larger landing pads near the source of nectar.

Hovering around a thousand times, the Butterfly drift with flower and illuminate the garden. As they say the caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.

Butterflies prefer red, orange, pink and yellow flowers and need species-specific host plants that provide shelter, camouflage and larval food.

Flower feeds Butterfly with its sweet nectar and while drawing it in through a long straw-like proboscis, the flower’s pollen clings to their feet and legs, being transferred to other flowers as they feed from flower to flower.


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