You may not ever entertain the thought of something as seemingly insignificant as
butterfly watching turning into a successful career. Yet there are people who earn
substantial incomes from doing just that. There are many careers that incorporate
butterfly watching into their important job necessities without making it a main part of
Photographers gain a lot of money from pictures of butterflies. Yet they don't often take
pictures only of butterflies. A good photographer usually takes pictures of other things
as well. An entomologist will participate in butterfly watching, yet they also study many
other insects as well. Teachers teach about butterflies, but they only make that a small
part of their curriculum. In some ways, butterflies play only a small part in a career.
So, would the world survive without butterflies? Sure it would. If you take away a small
part of a large structure, it can continue to stand. But it will still have a weak spot.
Butterflies provide other insects and mammals with food. They participate in plant
management. They provide people with jobs and pleasure. They give us beauty in
nature and provide a source of learning.
Another career that benefits from butterfly watching is that of an author. Books,
articles, and educational material about butterflies and butterfly watching are on
bookshelves all over the world. Again, photographers contribute by submitting their
photos of butterflies.
Gardeners benefit from butterflies by their participation in pollination. It's one of the
natural ways our earth has gained so much plant life, so the eco-system has benefited as
well. There are gardens created just for the exquisite butterfly population. They're one
of the few insects our children can enjoy without fear of getting bitten or stung.
Biologists benefit from butterfly watching, from the beginning of their lives to the end.
Butterflies are studied extensively by several scientific careers.
Artists benefit greatly by butterfly watching. Knowing the types of plants to paint with
the beautifully graceful butterflies is a huge plus to artists. These little creatures are
well-known in the art world by people who create sculptures, draw, paint, mould, and so
on. There are plenty of pictures that don't centre around the butterfly, yet one or more
butterflies is seen in the background.
Other careers where butterfly watching is a positive addition are: naturalists,
zoologists, museum personnel, library personnel, state park personnel. There are clubs
about them, books about them, educational movies about them, and too many
decorative items to list. Collectors also make plenty of money from items related to or
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