‘Their lifespan is not a day, but a few months’


Mustafa ERCAN- Soner AYDIN/MERSIN, (DHA) | Monday, June 21, 2021 – 17:24 | Last Updated : 21 06 2021 – 17:24

Mersin University (MEU) Faculty of Arts and Sciences Zoology Department Lecturer Assoc. Dr. Yusuf Hüseyinoğlu said that, contrary to popular perception, the lifespan of butterflies is not a day, but a few months.

MEU Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department of Zoology faculty member Assoc. Dr. Yusuf Hüseyinoğlu stated that it is wrong to believe that butterflies have a life span of 1 day. Noting that the lifespan of butterflies varies between 2 weeks and 5 weeks under normal conditions, Assoc. Dr. Hüseyinoğlu noted that if the weather is cold, their lifespan can be extended up to several months. Hüseyinoğlu said, “We need to correct the perception of one-day life. If the weather is cold, if that generation coincides with winter, they pass the dormant period, they become active again when the weather conditions normalize. Then they will have a life of a few months.”

‘WE ARE HOME TO MANY ENDEMIC SPECIES’

Explaining that Mersin has many endemic butterfly species, Assoc. Dr. Hüseyinoğlu said, “We have very rich living environments. We even have a species called Sertavul Pass. We host many species, the Sultan Butterfly being the most well known. Butterflies play the most important role in pollination and reproduction of fruits and vegetables along with many insect species. That’s why they have a very serious role in obtaining food sources,” he said.

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‘LIFE BREATHED EASY THROUGH THE PANDEMIC’

Stating that the empty nature of the pandemic has had a positive effect on living things, Assoc. Dr. Hüseyinoğlu said:

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“We have experienced many negative aspects of the pandemic, but we are still experiencing it, but despite these, different observations can be experienced in nature. Because the factor of human intervention has been reduced to a minimum. When we interfere with nature, whether we want it or not, we disrupt the living environment of living things. That’s why, thanks to the pandemic, living things found a more comfortable living environment. They got rid of many negative factors.”

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