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Over the next few days, I’ll up-loads a variety of photos taken in the Maollin Recreation Area in Taiwan.

Maolin is situated in southeast Kaohsiung County, in an area covered mostly by virgin forest as well as natural features such as waterfalls, gorges, mountain streams, forests teeming with native wildlife, and active hot springs.

Also every winter, about one million Euploeini butterflies glide on purple wings to the holy mountain of the Rukai and Paiwan Tribes in south Taiwan and take shelter in warm valleys at the foot of Dawu Mountain.

This photo was taken in the morning in the “Purple Valley” near the little town of Maolin as the sunrays reached the vegetation. It was an amazing sight!

(f16 1/60sec flash at 1/16th of its power slight crop)


Thank you for stopping by. All comments welcome.

Have a nice evening.


Some info about the butterflies:
“Milkweed butterflies are a subfamily, Danainae, in the family Nymphalidae, or brush-footed butterflies. They lay their eggs on various milkweeds on which their larvae (caterpillars) feed. Historically, this group had been considered a separate family, Danaidae, and the tribes placed herein were sometimes considered distinct subfamilies in the Nymphalidae.
There are some 300 species of Danainae worldwide, but only four are found in North America: the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus); the Queen (Danaus gilippus); the Tropical Milkweed Butterfly (Lycorea cleobaea); and the Soldier Butterfly (or "Tropic Queen"; Danaus eresimus). Most of the Danaini are found in tropical Asia and Africa, while the Ithomiini are diverse in the Neotropics. Tellervini are restricted to Australia and the Oriental region.
The best known member of this family is the Monarch butterfly. The larvae and the butterflies retain poisonous glycosides from their larval host plant, the milkweed, so they become distasteful to potential predators. These milkweed butterflies (Monarch, Queen, Soldier) eat only milkweeds (Asclepias) as larvae. This highly effective defense strategy, shields them against almost all predators that soon learn to avoid these species after attempting to eat them.”

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
2 Mar 2009 7:30PM
Great macro

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Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2009 7:30PM
beautiful start to what looks to be a great series of images to come
Linda Smile
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
2 Mar 2009 7:37PM
This is nothing short of stunning. - gary
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
2 Mar 2009 7:46PM
Beautiful image
ray_paul 9 17 England
2 Mar 2009 7:56PM
wonderful close up great detail good write up
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
2 Mar 2009 7:57PM
Grand shot.

koka 9 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2009 8:07PM
perfection. great shot Katie
Stace Plus
9 2 2 England
2 Mar 2009 8:13PM
Great capture

CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
2 Mar 2009 8:22PM
A stunning image, Jean-Noel, wonderful colour and detail. Carol
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Mar 2009 8:42PM
A splendid close up and exciting text re: the butterflies!
Nettles 10 England
2 Mar 2009 8:50PM
Super capture.
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
2 Mar 2009 9:43PM
Stunning butterfly

brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2009 10:42PM
Superb clear butterfly shot. Very nice image,
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
3 Mar 2009 2:50AM
Super butterfly shot. Gorgeous color and detail...Sandy
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
3 Mar 2009 4:22AM
What a marvelous capture and write up, such great work.
3 Mar 2009 1:06PM
A brilliant capture with stunning detail.

Jean x
norton 13 6 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2009 7:46PM
Great capture JNC,the colour and detail are superb....................

gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2009 11:50PM
A real beauty,beautifully shot

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