Friday, January 23, 2009

400-plus reasons to go butterflying in Taiwan

Taiwan has 400-plus butterfly species, more than any Western European country, more than Japan (which has 10 times Taiwan’s land area), and more even than Sri Lanka, one of Asia's leading eco-tourism destinations. Fifty-six of these species - mostly tiny, easy-to-miss butterflies - are endemic.

Great places to see butterflies include Meinong's Yellow Butterfly Valley, Yangmingshan National Park, and Maolin (which like Meinong is in Kaohsiung County). But you needn't go out of your way - you'll see butterflies everywhere, especially in the rural lowlands between April and October.

Go here for a long article about Taiwan's butterflies I wrote a few years back.

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