in the spring breeze
Lishea Chen Translated by Sho Huang
Flapping their transparent, beautiful
wings, butterflies dance in the air just like
fairies spread flowers petals in the sky.
The Central Taiwan Butterfly
Watching Area can be reached by taking the route
to LiShan and WuLing Farm and heading towards
QiLang. On the way, SuFong Dei (an endangered
species in Taiwan, "Dei" means "butterfly")
and DaHongWen Dei can be easily spotted in the
flower bushes, perfect for butterfly-watching
beginners. And, if you are super lucky, you might
have a chance to see HuanWenFong Dei (a world-famous
Taiwanese indigenous species). The forewings are
black with golden, green, blue and purple patterns.
The wings on the back have burgundy-red crescent
moon pattern. They are gorgeous. The caterpillars
have no hair with a bright-green eye pattern.
Butterfly-watching veterans can visit the hometown
of that GaoSan Dei butterflies, WuSer, TsweiFong
and HeHuan Mountain (Hohuanshan).
ZiBan Dei is the only breed in
the world which fly miles to escape the harsh
winters in northern Taiwan, like Emperor Butterflies
in Mexico. As the number of ZiBan Dei grows, a
special unprecedented sign was set up along the
highway, to protect them while they fly back to
the north in spring time. It is hoped the signs
will be help ful to these beautiful butterflies
as they "move house". Usually, the Zibo
Dei set off from southern Taiwan and fly to Lonnie
to breed. Then they fly north and reach Taichung
Metropolitan Park around April. In a month or
so, the caterpillars in LinNei will turn into
butterflies and set off north, too. However, as
the weather has been unstable, the usual April
15 to May 13 ZiBan Dei watching period has been
very slow. Hopefully people can have a glimpse
of a grand sight, as thousands of them fly back
north when sunny days come and stay.