Butterfly therapy: Their Color and Grace Refresh and Relax
It is hard to think of butterflies as insects. Wathing butterflies relieves stress and generates positive emotions which is good for your health in general. And having a butterfly landing on you is considered a blessing. I wonder if butterflies are used by doctors as stress relievers or to treat other nervous conditions, I think they could be pretty successful healers.
gloriously colored, large-winged, delicate creatures are the picture of
grace and gentility. Their slow, deep-flapping movement bespeaks a
laid-back approach to life. Watching butterflies is therapy akin to
watching colorful tropical fish in an aquarium.
So it is hard to
think of them in the same breath with mosquitoes and wasps and ants,
Asian ladybeetles and cockroaches. The difference is they are just plain
pretty to look at, and they are not pests.
There are up to
20,000 species of butterflies worldwide, some 700 species in North
America. Ohio is home to more than 75 species, including the famous
long-distance migrant, the monarch, and the endangered Karner blue, a
species being restored to the rare oak savanna habitat west of Toledo.
Butterflies are not just another pretty face.
“They are very important, next to honeybees, in
fertilizing plants,” noted Doris Stifel, a Toledo authority on the
monarch butterfly. As adult butterflies flap from wildflower to
wildflower to feed by sipping nectar, they inadvertently are spreading
pollen from plant to plant as well.
Which types of butterflies
are best for you as a therapy it's up to you to decide.
Butterflies also are
important in nature's food-chain. Birds, mice, and mammals feed on their
eggs and larvae.