Q.1 Why is it important to study the butterflies?
Dr Kunte: butterfly caterpillars form an important part of the food-web, converting energy from plants to food (themselves!) for predatory insects, spiders, birds, lizards, parasitic wasps and flies, and so on. butterflies pollinate many plants, although they are not as important pollinators as bees. from human perspective, butterflies serve as model organisms to study the diversity and complexity in nature. many of the exciting discoveries in science were made from studies on butterflies (e.g., google butterflies + metapopulations, mimicry, speciation, development).
Q.2 How did you become a photographer of butterflies?
Dr Kunte: With a lot of patience, some knowledge of butterfly habits and habitats, and the knack of approaching butterflies, which is learned through trial and error
Q.3 How can a young student start this hobby?
Dr Kunte: same as i did: with passion. find a mentor to guide you in the beginning, but then learn as much as you can through personal experience.
Q.4 Where can we spot butterflies which are not commonly seen in human habitats?
Dr Kunte:around bangalore, banerghatta and BR hills are wonderful habitats for butterflies.
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