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Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

June 1

Butterfly Education Awareness Day

Butterfly Education and Awareness Day is held annually on the first Saturday in June. This day celebrates butterflies and their importance.

It is believed that there are about 18,000 different species of butterfly in the world. The first butterflies probably lived about 150 million years ago. The presence of butterflies in a habitat is considered to be a good indicator of its general health and biodiversity to be found there. Due to their short life span, scientists can observe them to monitor environmental changes. They are also an important part of the food chain, providing food for animals such as birds and bats. As they feed on plant nectar, butterflies carry pollen between plants on their legs. This allows pollination, an important part of the plant’s life cycle, to happen.

This National Geographic video shows the lifecycle of a monarch butterfly.

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