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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.

 

學名:青斑蝶

分布:日本、台灣、菲律賓、韓國、亞洲大陸、北印度到馬來半島一帶都可見到特徵:翅膀底色為黑褐色,前翅有白色斑塊食物:吸食澤蘭、山菊等花蜜為食。

青斑蝶遷移路線,從日本高知縣標放的青斑蝶,長距離移動到蘭嶼島上被捕獲,目前知道青斑蝶每年6月,從台灣靠西南氣流飛往日本,10月則從日本乘著東北季風飛到台灣。

     

Gadget:Sony A350 + Sony 4.5-5.6/70-300mm SSM lens

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Taken on September 25, 2011