Here is walk through winter. A warmth that comes from Kamal Kant Koner, a photographer, who has captured a blurry, visual scheme that was far more enticing.
It takes a photographer to shed light on the endangered habitat of the monarch butterfly. This delicate environment has been threatened by the increasing deforestation of the area where they hibernate, changing the course of their migration and depleting the population, which, can change our weather system dramatically.
The Butterfly park in Yamuna Biodiversity Park, Delhi is fluttered with glittering colours. Bright, vibrant, soothing hues of every sort. In numerous shades, they adore the flowery bed of the butterfly park. All time favorite for poets, artists, photographers, children and everyone.
Apart from their beauty and aesthetic value, they help in pollination. In horticulture they are considered pests. They have vegetation preferences and they are host specific. For example, larvae of Lemon butterfly feeds on leaves of lemon trees.
Biodiversity parks use Bio pesticides like Neem oil, Trichogramma and Trichoderma. These doesn’t affect the insects like bees butterflies. Some parks on the other hand use artificial fertilisers and insecticides. Although insects are adaptive and evolve resistance (get immune) some like butterflies can’t sustain and survive.
Butterflies are herbivorous, (Exception: caterpillars of Apefly are carnivorous, found in peninsular India up to Gujarat, Uttaranchal & Arunachal Pradesh.
They can be seen any time but the ideal time is September to November and February to March. The recent flood this year has swallowed most of the vegetation. Even the saplings of the nursery couldn’t evade the ill fate. But considering it a natural calamity there is little to say. In spite of these, 20 species (as identified) of butterfly still flaunt their beauteous wings in the park. The park has lost its greenery, but its glory persists.