Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
On my recent trip to Taiwan, I was lucky enough to visit 2 areas with fireflies. Fireflies watching are usually carried out during summer when the temperature are warmer. I was told to try my luck by the locals as it is still early spring when I visit those 2 areas.
Half way through the trail, I saw lots of flying insects hovering in front of me and whenever I get near, they flew off and I don't know what they are. So I just simply take out my camera and take a photo. After upload to my pc then I realise they emit lights!I search the floor around that area and I saw something very familiar! Yes is fireflies! I been trying to find out more info on fireflies on what they do during day and if they really hide during day time. Does this means that fireflies also active in the day?? Could the flying insect fireflies too?? ... i really don't know
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Like the winter swarming monarch butterflies in Mexico, purple milkweed butterflies in Taiwan arrive in large groups every winter, gathering in some 30 "purple butterfly valleys" of Kaohsiung, Pingtung, and Taitung and will travel north during spring when the temperature is warmer.
[cherry picker is used to observe & monitor the butterflies too]
A series of protective measures include a driving speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph), blocking a two-mile stretch of the road when butterfly numbers exceed 500 per minute, and a 13-foot-high protective net guiding the butterflies to fly above traffic are in place to reduce the number of butterflies being killed on the highways.
[one of the volunteer at the monitoring station]
The volunteers for the research project which involve catch and release are there too. Catch & release of butterflies is necessary to better understand the migration includes the pattern, the route, etc. Few stations have been set up and butterflies caught are tag, record & release at each station.
I wish to Thank Mr. Tsai Tin Ling (蔡汀霖) (Secretary, Linnei Township Office, Yunlin County) and his team for their time in sharing the valuable knowledge of this lovely butterfly and personally guide us on the route of the migration. Mr. Tsai and his team has been actively involve in promoting eco tourism, ways to identify the butterfly, correct way to help the butterfly safely completed their migration, etc. His contributions surely helps in maintaining the sustainability of the purple milkweed butterfly.
[Linnei Township Office]
[Mr Tsai, 2nd from right][Mr Tsai, right no 1][Thanks to Mr Tsai for this lovely souveniors for the celebrations]
非常感谢蔡汀霖先生 (雲林縣林內鄉公所秘书) 和我们分享这么多有关于紫斑蝶的知识和亲自带的领我们参观紫斑蝶的迁移的路线。使我们对于紫斑蝶又有了更深一层的了解！蔡先生 对于紫斑蝶有着非常大的贡献，各种各样的庆祝活动如促进生态旅游，如何辨认紫斑蝶有助于人们对紫斑蝶的认识并大大的提高了紫斑蝶的生存率。