I like to know about the universe in which we all live. I watch stars every night and find constellations. But Soon I realized that the world in which we live is also beautiful and filled with lots of mysteries …

It all began a month ago. I used to go for walk with my sister and sometimes with my mother but I never looked at those roadside plants.

After this realization, I began to bring my 7 or 8-year-old camera with me, and captured a wholly new kind of flowers, insects, butterflies, and birds every day!!! There was always something new to discover even if I went to the same place every day.

Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)
Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)
Lemon Pansy (Junonia lemonias)
Lemon Pansy (Junonia lemonias)

It was like I have discovered a hidden universe.

I joined some groups on Facebook like “BUTTERFLIES OF INDIA” and “BIRDS OF UTTARAKHAND” to identify the birds and butterflies I had captured and got quick answers. I realized how delicately all this diversity came into existence through millions of years of evolution.

A beetle on Foxtail grass
A beetle on Foxtail grass

I came to know that we are nothing in comparison to those zillion little insects which are also a part of this planet.

All elephants, monkeys, birds, rats, bats, whales, fishes and also humans only make 1% of all the species on earth. Insects like beetles, butterflies, grasshoppers, wasps, flies represent about 40% of all known living species. Scientists say that There are about 2 billion insects for every human being!

It’s surprising that we all don’t know anything about them. So let’s step outside and discover the Nature that surrounds us.

Spring in Haldwani (Uttarakhand)
Spring in Haldwani (Uttarakhand)

There is always something new to discover; It just takes a different perspective to look at them.


The Hindu – Open Page: 9 June 2015

The backyard treasures to discover and cherish – Shivani Mishra


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