Cynthia: Hey, why are you staring at me?
Lucy: You look beautiful.
Cynthia: Thank you!
Lucy: You seem so happy.
Cynthia: Aren’t you happy?
Lucy: I don’t look beautiful as you.
Cynthia: What has beauty to do with happiness?
Lucy: No? See, so many people come to visit you. They are amazed by your beauty. They take lots of pictures of you 😦
Cynthia: You would have seen many who admire my external appearance. Have you encountered anyone who cares for me?
Lucy: Oh! But why?
Cynthia: Yes, people are interested in their recreation but never think of what can be done to preserve us.
Cynthia: Well, no. They aren’t even bothered if I am going to be extinct. Many of my fellow species have already become extinct.
Lucy: Then I am the one who is better off here. At least some people are interested in giving food and accepting me as their family.
Cynthia: Yes, you are lucky.
Lucy: Most of our habitats are being occupied, I hope they stop doing this.
Cynthia: Yes, sorry, Lucy. I cannot do anything for you.
Lucy: Yes, you can. Please be happy
Are you wondering who Cynthia and Lucy are? This is their picture together.
From the moment I saw the picture, there was only one question on my mind. When was the last time I saw a butterfly in Bangalore? Except for parks, I have never seen them otherwise. I remember during childhood, so many caterpillars and butterflies were taking rounds in our garden. Now, we don’t have them. It is sad, the first thing I thought of is the butterfly extinction when I saw this picture.
Butterflies do not need much from us. They have their own enemies in the form of birds and insects. All we need to do is not dwell on their habitats. Another reason why butterflies are dying is the use of pesticides. Fruits, vegetables, and nectar are the main staples for butterflies. The use of pesticides is causing genetic changes in the produce, that butterflies could not survive on them. During summer, when the temperature crosses 40 degrees Celcius, butterflies cannot fly. They lose their capacity to fly. If you see a butterfly in your balcony or garden, during such time, provide water and some corn for them to eat. They cannot survive otherwise. Butterflies are very beautiful, and future generations would have to only read about them in books if we do not become responsible. Hope to see lots of colorful butterflies coming season.