Pollinators or plant munchers? the butterflies.

Iyer, Geetha (2016) Pollinators or plant munchers? the butterflies. i wonder.... pp. 97-106. ISSN 2582-1636

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Butterflies have always been a source of beauty and wonder. But, what gives these lovely insects their attractive colours? What is the best time to watch them? What do we know about their behaviour? In this article, the author explores the fascinating world of butterflies, sharing some ideas to bring them to life in the science classroom.From ancient to modern times, butterflies have had a deep impact on the minds of humans. On the one hand, they have been thought of as patron deities in the Aztec calendar, or soothing minstrels that lull you to peaceful sleep by bringing pleasant dreams. On the other, butterflies have been a source for scientific and (nano-) technological research, helping produce efficient light-emitting diodes or paints without toxic pigments. Over centuries, butterflies have shared a warm relationship with humans. Their beauty and colours have inspired poets and painters. Their frequent silent ethereal presence and their life cycle have led ancient cultures to look upon them as spirits of the deceased and modern day humans to welcome them with joy. Butterflies are insects, yet their relationship with humans is never negative. I often wonder whether they are even thought of as insects by humans.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Iyer, Geetha
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Science, Science education, Butterflies, Plant munchers
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > i Wonder...
Full Text Status: Public
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/1264
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