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Another photo in mid-January 2009 in the Purple Butterfly Valley near Maolin in the South of Taiwan.

f13 1/60th sec flash spot metering

Scientists have found that at least nine species of danainae butterflies (milkweed butterflies, so named because they lay their eggs on milkweed plants).

Each year they migrate late November early December from northern and central Taiwan as well as China to the warmer and sheltered valleys near Maolin.

In March the butterflies begin courting and mating, and then individually fly north to the breeding areas.

The Maolin area is on par with the most famous site in Mexico which in winter is home for millions of Monarch butterflies from the US and Canada.

Im very pleased the first 3 up-loads of butterflies from Maolin have got your interest. Thank you for the comments and support.

Have a pleasant evening. The week-end is coming.


Tags: Close-up and macro Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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Natzdad 9 29 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 6:55PM
absolutely beautiful,its going straight into my fave photos......Mick

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piccy 11 8 Wales
5 Mar 2009 6:57PM
I din't realise they lived so long, you've caught three beauties here.
5 Mar 2009 7:02PM
Beautiful colours and shades, great capture!
TyChee 12 275 1 United States
5 Mar 2009 7:29PM
Great looking trio!
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
5 Mar 2009 7:30PM
A fantastic shot and very interesting write up. - gary
moocow 8 12 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:34PM
Great shot, super detail Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1814 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:42PM
Knew this was one of yours. I like the way you see butterflies, no-one else creates such an intimate feel.
jayjay52 9 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:51PM
What a neat line-up. Lovely shot
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:54PM
A wonderful capture JNC and an interesting write up I have missed many of your wonderful pictured but will try and catch up,
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
5 Mar 2009 7:57PM
A fantastic trio, such a great shot.
5 Mar 2009 8:18PM
An absolutely stunning shot,great detail,well captured.

Jean x
DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
5 Mar 2009 11:23PM
Such an amazing capture JeanNoel.
Lucky you to get three together.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Mar 2009 12:35AM
These are beautiful!
Love all the spots!
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
6 Mar 2009 5:17AM
A superb capture, Jean-Noel, wonderful to see three of them together. Carol
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
6 Mar 2009 7:33AM
Lovely butterflies and composition

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2009 9:32AM
very nice trio of butterflies, great capture and good detail
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
8 Mar 2009 10:48AM
gerrymac 10 10 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2009 8:19PM
Ready ,steady ...go....great it

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