The Butterfly Rainforest Maria Wang

Nature on Display: The exhibit that appeals to me the most was the Butterfly Rainforest. This exhibit featured butterflies from all over the world that are contained in this small garden full of colorful flowers and exotic plants. The exhibit captured my attention because it not only featured the plant aspect of nature it also showed, in person, what the habitat of a butterfly is like. I learned that the natural world is serene. I had the misconception that the natural world was competitive and that I would see butterflies fighting over food and mates but this exhibit portrayed an opposite feeling. It was one of harmony and togetherness with the small finches and butterflies coexisting with each other in such a small space. My experience was enjoyable because I had the opportunity to view butterflies closely and observe their behaviors.

Me next to one of the many orchids that were planted throughout the butterfly rain forest.

Nature and Ethics: The Natural History Museum did provide the opportunity to experience nature the way Leopald recommends. I feel that the museum viewers showed love, respect, and admiration towards nature and had no need to conquer it. I felt a sense of peace but also excitement upon seeing each butterfly that flew by. As I went through the museum I began thinking about why I haven’t recently seen butterflies anywhere else. I then thought of how suburbs and cities are taking over their natural habitat and how soon there might not be much butterflies around. Other people reacted to this exhibit with admiration and respect as well. They genuinely engaged in conversation with the expert there and wanted to learn about the butterflies as much as possible. The museum allowed individuals to connect with nature by giving them an unlimited time to stay within the exhibit. All around there were small signs that taught the viewer about the distinct features of a butterfly. My experience instilled me to try to contribute to saving the habitats of butterflies in Florida. The scarcity of butterflies only reflects their diminishing habitat and I want to help save such habitats.

This was ho the keepers added to the diet of the butterflies and small birds that resided there. The plate contains bananas and citrus, two nutritious additions to the diets of butterflies.

Nature and the Human Spirit: The Natural History Museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives by providing a space completely devoid of buildings and electronics. The butterfly exhibit features beautiful plants such as orchids that are extremely beneficial to butterflies. The exhibit reminded us that we are also part of nature and that sometimes we forget that. With the increase in the number of cities and decrease in the amount of plants we are surrounded with, we often see “nature” as a separate entity rather than as a part of us. By acknowledging nature as an equal to human beings instead of something that should be conquered we are able to see the majesty that that is nature and how mysterious it can be. Serene yet powerful, nature encompasses life and is inescapable. We as humans actually rely on nature in order to live and yet we destroy nature instead of appreciating it.

This photo features the variety in nature and yet they learn to coexist and help each other thrive. Within every inch of this photo, there contains thousands of organisms.

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