A Temple for Butterflies

In the far 1962, Rachel Carson let us hear the deafening sound of a silent spring for the first time. An environmental concern about the use of DDT was put black on white in her book – ‘Silent Spring’ – and could no longer be ignored. Pesticides were not limiting their effects on specific parasites, but they were, in fact, damaging entire ecosystems. She figured out that if no one gives a flying fuck about insects dying or getting diseases, perhaps some would turn their heads for birds, or at least the idea of classic chirpy spring. As a result, after the publication of her book, DDT has been soon forbidden. However,  today, after more than fifty years, we can say that springs are now also less colourful.

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As a matter of fact, amongst the most endangered species are butterflies. Fragile creatures with countless predators, they have been ingeniously defending themselves from every each of them. Unfortunately, their mimetic technics don’t stand a chance against us. Habitat loss is one of the main reasons for the decline of many species. And to think that it would be enough to leave or create a piece of this habitat in our own gardens! But if many likes butterflies, many less love caterpillars, let alone chewed leaves.

In this period Sint Maarten is full of small white butterflies, a species that seems to have found a reasonable balance between what they need and what we do with the world that we share. Many more species can be spotted at The Butterfly Farm of Saint-Martin, a small temple where these fascinating creatures (including moths) can survive, but, of course, at a price: freedom.


Butterfly in the Butterfly Farm – Collectivité de Saint’Martin

If you are interested in knowing how to attract butterflies to your own garden, you might like to read this page of the The Butterfly Farm website: http://www.thebutterflyfarm.com/getting-started-gardening



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