1100 miles journey!
According to report (11/21/2010), one marked Parantica sita butterfly (as photo shown) has been captured at Orchid island ,50 miles east of Taiwan. A south-bound journey of more than 1100 miles has been made since its release from Japan. Buoyed by the northeaster , it took more than 40 days to cross the Pacific ocean , surviving the attacks of seagulls and strong gusts. 40000~50000 butterflies are released from Japan annually. The chance to recapture the marked butterfly is only 1/100000. Still,the rare appearance draws a lot of attention from Japanese tourists.
The cooperation between Taiwan and Japan has been lasted for 13 years. During these years, Japan has captured 4 butterflies (released from Taiwan) while Taiwan got 9 of them. Normally the butterfly will take southwester heading north in June and northeaster down south in October.
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