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Blink It's Gone | Mysterious glim, fleeting light of forest nights. Magic extinguished. | HartHaiku.com

Blink It’s Gone | Extinction

A little magic for your Monday. Enjoy it while you can, as sadly the entrancing little insect that conjures childlike wonder is also on the endangered list. Our insects are disappearing at an epidemic rate! I opened my FB this morning and was confronted with: Fireflies are now threatened with extinction.

We can choose to just shrug, I suppose, but as the article points out, “[Fireflies are] a valuable diagnostic tool. By injecting chemicals found in a firefly’s tail into human cells, researchers can detect diseases like cancer and muscular dystrophy.” And, The Selangor Declaration of 2010 declared that, “The decline of fireflies is a cause for concern and reflects the global trend of increasing biodiversity loss.”

So from my point of view, shrugging it off is not an option. Insects are at the bottom of the food chain. As they disappear, it affects every living creature that depends on insects for food, not to mention other repercussions related to the balance of nature. And on it goes. We may feel like it is mildly affecting us now, but later, perhaps not. The Monarch butterfly here, the firefly there,… where will it end? We humans like to think we are immune from extinction, but, are we?

If you’re wondering about the science behind fireflies, I found Scientific American’s How and why do fireflies light up? a very interesting read. When I was a kid, I thought fireflies were pure magic.

Blink. They’re gone.


Photo courtesy Taylor Savage, HD Wallpapers

Blink It’s Gone © Susan L Hart


Wild Interlude 3 | Fair regal Monarch, you ruled my childhood gardens. Where's your kingdom now? | HartHaiku.com

Wild Interlude 3 | Monarch

The beautiful Monarch Butterfly, “king of the garden”, graced my childhood years in notable profusion. The Monarch’s dance of fire among the flowers was a constant summer delight. Sadly, the Monarchs are disappearing.

As this Monarch Butterfly article points out: “Endangered species like lions, elephants and porpoises grabbed everybody’s attention, but the decreasing population of Monarch was only very recently noticed. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service disclosed recently that from the year 1990, around a billion Monarch butterflies have vanished.”

And a very recent article, January 2019: Are Monarch Butterflies Becoming Extinct?

Why am I writing this Wild Interlude series? Because I am of a generation that remembers when things were different. I want to not only share the beauty of nature, but the realization of what we are now rapidly losing if things don’t change. The negative effects of how we are handling our natural environment are growing exponentially. They have far-reaching permutations and repercussions.

Today, in this moment, drink in the beauty of the regal Monarch Butterfly. See why I miss them?

Inspirational quote:

“We humans think we are smart, but an orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell. Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth much at all. We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail and join our palms reverently before the monarch butterfly and the magnolia tree. The feeling of respect for all species will help us recognize the noblest nature in ourselves.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Photo courtesy of Cindy Gustafson, Pexels

Wild Interlude 3 © Susan L Hart