To me the bee and the butterfly are symbols of nature getting on with life no matter what.
Although scientists now know how bees fly, the Bee Movie opens with a great quote which reminds us not care what others think and follow our hopes and dreams.
According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyways. Because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.
And who isn’t inspired with the transformation of butterflies? Egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, to remind us that no matter where we start it’s always possible to change.
On a more serious note, the decline of bees and butterflies has been a regular news headline over the past few years because of the devastating effect this could have on our food chain.
Many of our crops need to be pollinated by bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other insects as well as birds and bats. These pollinators also maintain the life cycle of wild and cultivated flowers and plants. Without these important creatures we’d have less plants, less trees and less food.
It’s thought that one of reasons for the decline of bees and butterflies is due to habitat loss because of changes in land use. So, as I want to encourage bees and butterflies into my new garden, along with any other wildlife I can, I will be leaving a few wild areas and finding out the best plants to grow to encourage them. All without using any pesticides of course.
Find out more about bees and how you can help save them, see Friends of the Earth The Bee Cause
This is a lovely video about what you can do to help butterflies and moths by the Butterfly Conservation