TOURIST SPECTACLE:Pingtung County aims to capitalize on the annual migration of striped blue crow butterflies this year by holding companion events
Date: Nov 10, 2015
By: Su Fu-nan and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The appearance of striped blue crow butterflies in Pingtung County’s Maolin National Scenic Area heralds the onset
of fall each year.
Millions of the butterflies migrate to Maolin to spend the winter, where they can be seen flying through the valleys in the area, which is a spectacular sight on a par with the migration of the monarch butterfly in South America, the area’s administrative office said.
The striped blue crow butterflies usually begin leaving the Maolin area after the Tomb Sweeping Festival and fly northwards to Miaoli County and the Jhunan District (竹南) of Hsinchu City, the office said.
However, due to a dry spell last year in southern Taiwan, the butterflies left the Maolin area in February and March, the office said, adding that it was a relief to see that the butterflies have returned to Maolin on schedule. [FULL STORY]