The final Friday of the month means it’s time for We Are the World Blogest, a day for promoting positive news. It delights me to participate as an agent of pronoia highlighting feel-good news stories for us all to celebrate.
Co-hosting this project this month are: Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Mary J Giese, Dan Antion, and Damyanti Biswas. Do check out their posts, along with everyone else participating, and feel free to join us here.
It so happens that June is National Pollinator’s Month in the U.S. and my observation has included honoring our bees and butterflies with a couple of blog posts, and doing some research on some native species of moths in my area for a project I’m working on. As is often the case when researching, I managed to fall down a rabbit hole, and came across this story I want to share this month for #WATWB.
Tim Wong is a biologist, and he’s credited with single-handedly returning the diminishing California pipevine swallowtail butterfly population to healthy numbers in San Francisco.
I love this story because it proves one person CAN make a difference, and it’s an incredible tale about how intertwined species are. The California pipeline plant all but disappeared in San Francisco due to destruction of habitat. The California pipevine swallowtail butterfly only feeds on California pipevine as a caterpillar, and without the plant there are no butterflies. Now with the reintroduction of a more robust population of butterflies, there is evidence that fruit production is increasing thanks to the butterflies assistance with pollination. Win-win-win.
There are many reasons to care about butterflies. They play an important role in pollination; their abundant presence marks a thriving ecosystem; and because they are particularly sensitive to climate change, scientists monitor them and the warnings they offer. But I think it would be wrong to ignore simply ignore the beauty they add to this world. I’m particularly fond of poet Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun’s observation:
“The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.”
What do you think? How’s the butterfly population in your area? Do tell – you know I love to hear.