Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ABC Wednesday: B is for Butterfly

If you have followed our blog, you can guess that I saved the butterfly photos for this post from my last trip of adventure. For the record, I did cross the footbridge for there was no other way to go to the other side. Only 6 people are allowed to be on the bridge at any one time, as long as you are not with people who like to rock the rope bridge, you will be fine.

Here you can see four species of butterflies (from left to right): Three Spot Grass Yellow (Eurema blanda arsakia), Common Jay (Graphium doson postianus), Taiwan Swallowtail (Papilio thaiwanus), and Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon connectens). The latter three belong to the family of Papilionidae.

This male butterfly, which is called Athyma selenophora laeta, was standing on a rock by the stream. It has one band of purplish white in a black background on the back of its wings.

This ugly butterfly (Kaniska canace drilon) has a camouflage black and brown color.

However, when the same one opened its beautiful wings, it is stunning!

This local species (Acraea issoria formosana) was laying eggs on the back of the leaves of Pouzolzia elegans Wedd.

This one (Great Eggfly or Blue Moon Butterfly; Hypolimnas bolina kezia) has several purplish white spots in a black background on the back of its wings. This one is similar to the second photograph which belong to the same family of Nymphalidae.

According to the records, we have more than 400 species of butterflies in Taiwan. So a lot more to learn about these facinating creatures. After all, I was major in biology in college.

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11 comments:

Babooshka said...

Fascinating. So much variety and all so pretty.

uncleawang said...

This is beautiful set of closeup butterfly shot,very pretty:)
Have a nice day.

Carol said...

What a beautiful series of shots! I love the ugly stunning one! I wondered if you crossed that bridge...you are braver than I am...

Hildred and Charles said...

Beautiful photos - and isn't it the truth. Sometimes when we open our wings to fly all the beauty bursts forth....

Roger Owen Green said...

My five-year-old went to a butterfly museum in western Massachusetts USA last week; she'll love these.

Regina said...

Amazing. Great shots!

Jay said...

You have some amazing varieties of butterfly, don't you? I love those sulphur yellow ones! And the iridescent blue .. so pretty!

Q said...

These are beautiful butterflies.
I also enjoy photographing them.
You have so many different varieites. All are amazing.
Sherry

Marju said...

Just wonderful photos of butterflies!

Joy said...

Wow 400 types of butterfly how amazing, and how lucky you are to get to see some of them. Love the displays you captured on your camera.

Nikki-ann said...

Beautiful! Great captures :) I love butterflies.

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