What Is The Purpose Of A Butterfly?



Over the last century 4 types of butterflies have become extinct. This is a huge indicator to our government that climate changes are detrimental to living species. A butterfly is capable of quickly reacting to a changing environment, the fact that they are becoming less and less able to survive is a sign of serious issues in our environment.

Butterflies have a lifespan of up to 2 months at the most. Butterflies do not sting or bite. Scientists estimate approximately 15,000 butterfly species are around the world (scienceclarified.com).  Most believe butterflies are just here to make the world a prettier place, they absorb sunlight, with many different colors and designs they do appeal easily to the eye. But what most do not know is that butterflies serve a significant purpose to other species.

A butterfly is capable of carrying pollen from one plant to another, plants such as fruit, vegetables, or flowers to help them produce new seeds. When it comes to other animals the butterfly is on the losing end as they become food during their stages as a caterpillar to other insects, birds, or mammals to maintain their survival.

They are most commonly seen throughout the day and can display every color within the rainbow. Butterflies use their ability to display color for several reasons, one being as a way to attract another butterfly for mating, also to blend in with their environment, or even to make an enemy believe it is poisonous.  In addition to the color protecting a butterfly, it is also covered in tiny scales that make it harder for a predator to grip the butterfly.

Yes, butterflies are a beautiful species but they are often hard at work. Who would have known butterflies hold such a purpose as to keep our produce actively growing and maintaining the beauty of the plants around us?