09 January, 2008

Butterfly Park - an emotion of hue

When I think of butterflies, colorful flippy-flip wings, the first thing that comes to mind is probably my childhood.

Watching butterfly for the moment is like an experience. There is so much than initially meets the eye and keep lingering in the mind. Moments of childhood reflects when I see kids running after the butterfly, in the garden.

As a child, butterfly have always provoked my imagination, say its beautiful-colorful wings or the way it flutter all around the flowers. Have always Inspired me to look nature as heaven. My favorites have been “Common Jezebel” and “Monarch”, which I found in plenty in my garden. They are in the bright colours, yellow-orange-red, a touch of white and black stimulating the mind, soul and creative thoughts.

Almost my every painting made a space for butterfly, fluttering the colours and creating an aura of happiness.


Not many things have changed for the kids of today, I still find them fascinated for butterfly like I used to be in my childhood. My very cute little cousin sister ASTHA, often sings the poem in Hindi “titilee udd ke chali phool ne kaha aaja mere pass,titilee boli hatt badmash.”(Butterfly flutters, Flower says to her to come near it, butterfly says to flower you are very naughty.. )

Also she made this blog go colorful with her contribution of small drawing of butterfly, in spite of her hectic schedule of school.

Many inspiring quotes and poems have been written merging the butterfly and life.
And the someone I like..
“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think its forever..” CELEBRATE JUST LIVING..
"Just when the Catterpillar thought that the World was over, It became a Beautiful  Butterfly.."

  • Love is like a butterfly,
    it goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.
  • You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.
  • How does one become a butterfly?" she asked. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
  • The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.
  • The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
  • The fluttering of a butterfly's wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet.
  • Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.
  • A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly
  • I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man
  • When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.
  • I embrace emerging experience.
    I participate in discovery.
    I am a butterfly.
    I am not a butterfly collector.
    I want the experience of the butterfly.
  • Love is like a butterfly,
    hold it too tight, it'll crush,
    hold it too loose, it'll fly.

In school, I was thrilled to know "the life cycle of butterfly", wondering how the ugly formation turns up to so beautiful colourful butterfly, after much of struggle and juggle of life.
Now what if are able to see more than 100 species of butterflies under one roof, is’nt it amazing..

Location: 10 Kms from IIM-B, Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore,KarnatakaComprises: Environmental Study, Research, Museum and Conservation
Establishment: Nov 25, 2006
Main Attraction:  As follows...
  • Nature's most colorful species Butterflies in all its various hues are very well display in the country's first butterfly park .
  • Its of this kind is country’s first and the world’s largest , spread over 7.5 acres in Bannerghatta Biological Park .
  • A butterfly conservatory, museum with an audio-visual room.

Reason to conserve:

Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers. Some also derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung, and dissolved minerals in wet sand or dirt. Butterflies play an important ecological role as pollinators.

Motive behind Establishment: The main motive behind creating this Biological Park is to promote a greater awareness, appreciation among the public and above all to facilitate the conservation of butterflies.

The butterfly conservatory has a polycarbonate roof and is a 10,000 sq.ft. circular enclosure, inside which the living environment has been carefully designed to support the species of butterflies as well as the plants and shrubs present there.

Amazing effort has been made to create the aura which has a tropical setting including the complete humid climate, with an artificial waterfall and lots of plants and shrubs that attract butterflies. The conservatory leads into the second and third domes, which have a museum that will have dioramas and exhibits. The park also encompasses a butterfly rearing house, plant rearing house and host plant garden.

With so much of minute details given in the design, it surely stands as a victory in the race. Children loves to watch and feel the world of butterflies above all they get to learn a lot instantly they enter the park.

Finally we can learn a lot from this “Butterfly trail”, which will help us to come closer to nature and our lost childhood hues. We need to join hand to conserve all the endangered species including Butterflies, for the better and healthy living on the earth.

Some strange butterfly facts to share with you. Amaze your friends! Enjoy!

  • The word butterfly came from the English word Buttorfleoge. Perhaps because, in mediaeval times, butterflies could be seen hovering around butterchurns or that their excrement is yellowish in colour.
  • Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
    The smallest butterfly is the Western Pygmy blue from Africa, which has a half an inch wingspan
  • World's Largest Butterfly
    The largest butterfly in the world is the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing.
    This huge, poisonous butterfly lives in the rain forests of Papua
    , New Guinea,
    and is an endangered species with a wing span of 11 inches.
    Males of the species are much smaller than females.
    The second-largest butterfly in the world is the Goliath Birdwing and
    it lives in Indonesian rainforests and has a wingspan up to 11 inches as well.
  • Butterflies are the second largest group of pollinators.....next to bees.
  • Since butterflies are cold blooded it is necessary for them to warm up their flight muscles. This is done by basking in the sun in order to absorb heat

  • Butterflies can attain a flight speed of up to 45 kph.
  • Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 2,000 miles, and return to the north again in the spring.
  • There are about 24,000 species of butterflies.
  • Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
  • Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.
  • .
  • Many butterflies can taste with their feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars' food or not.
  • Butterflies have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.
  • In India, the families and the numbers of species of butterfly is more than 1163.
  • All butterflies have six legs and feet. In some species such as the monarch, the front pair of legs remains tucked up under the body most of the time, and are difficult to see.
  • that a caterpillar grows to about 27,000 times the size it was when it first emerged from its egg.
  • If a human baby weighed 9 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as a caterpillar, it would weigh 243,000 pounds when fully grown.

An Irish Blessing for all:

"May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun. And find your shoulder to light on. To bring you luck, happiness and riches. Today, tomorrow and beyond. "

Respect Green Nature.


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    Gohul Kumar

  2. Hi

    Loved the post.. am crazy about butterflies too.. infact been planning on visiting this park for a while now, yet to happen

    came thru Sri's blog, where u had left a link to this post!!:)

  3. “We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think its forever..” CELEBRATE JUST LIVING..
    "Just when the Catterpillar thought that the World was over, It became a Beautiful Butterfly.."

    U said it all! quite nicely! well writtern, I like the way you capture the information of the place with that of your thoughts about it.


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