Butterflies

Taiwan is called "Kingdom of Butterflies" while Sun Moon Lake and Pu-Li are famous for its numerous butterflies and it is also called "Town of butterflies". The butterflies here are divided into 9 families: 20 species in Papilionidae, 21 species in Pieridae, 13 species in Danaidae, 15 species in Satyridae, 35 species in Nymphalidae, 3 species in Amathusidae, 1 species in Libytheidae, 35 species in Lycaenidae, and 24 species in Hesperiidae. Sun Moon Lake is indeed a wonderful place to appreciate butterflies.

Butterflies

Qing Xian Feng Die | Graphium sarpedon connectens

Qing Xian Feng Die

Common Names:Qing Xian Feng Die, Qing Tiao Feng Die, Qing Feng Die

 

Distribution:From plains to mountains of altitudes of 2500 meters. Shape and Features:A sequence of green belts on the middle of the fore and hind wings. The bottom color of its wings are blackish brown and there is a row of green crescent lines on the rims of its hind wings. There is also a delicate red line on the inner surface.

 

Habitual Behavior:Having great vitality, it likes to fly high at top of the trees, making itself difficult to be seen. This butterfly flies quickly and will only fly down to the ground when it needs to suck water or nectar. It is frequently seen a lot everywhere around the island.

Hing zhu Feng Die | Pachliopta aristolochiae

Hing zhu Feng Die

Common Names:Hing zhu Feng Die, Qi Xing Feng Die

 

Distribution:In low to medium-elevations mountains all over the island.

 

Shape and Features:There are 7 distinct dorsal pink spots on the rims of its forewings. It is usually smaller than Byasa polyeuctes termessus in size. It has rounder forewing outlines and there are about 4 white spots on the middle of its wings. The pink spots turn into eye-catching, brightly reddish ones on its ventral surface. The chief way to distinguish it from Byasa polyeuctes termessus, is that there are no red spots on the tails of its forewings while Byasa polyeuctes termessus has distinct ones there.

 

Habitual Behavior:Byasa alcinous mansonensis and it prefer higher temperatures and Byasa polyeuctes termessus and Byasa impediens febanus like environments with low temperature.