What Do Butterflies Do for the Environment?

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Butterflies help the environment by pollinating flowers and providing food for nestling songbirds as caterpillars. Discover how critical butterflies are to the pollination of plants with information from an entomologist and insect specialist in this free video on butterflies.

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I'm Mike Quinn, I've been an Entomologist for twenty years and we're here a the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, talking about, "What do butterflies do for the environment". Butterflies are an integral part of the environment. One of the main services that they provide to the environment is pollination and most of the plants are insect-pollinated. There's lots of butterflies, so butterflies are involved in all of that. When you see a flower, the purpose of that is to attract insects and often butterflies come in. Another benefit of butterflies to environment is the fact that they provide food for songbirds, particularly for nestlings. The caterpillar is a lot of nutrients in a small soft body packet. There so female birds can collect the caterpillars out in the field, then provide food for the nestlings. So providing critical pollination services and critical food for songbirds or some of the main ways that butterflies are helpful to the environment.

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