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◎Sources of butterfly in the Cuei-Ping Butterfly Garden:
    Some of the butterflies in the Cuei-Ping Butterfly Garden were naturally reared (because of many food plants on campus), while some were from the larvae offered from the Moxa Foundation. The Moxa Foundation would provide rearing boxes, food plants and butterfly larvae for students twice in one semester, each time for three classes.

◎Species of butterfly in the Cuei-Ping Butterfly Garden:
 

   ◎Knowledge of butterflies:

General description: Butterflies are a kind of insect among arthropods. Belonging to the order Lepidoptera, they have membranous wings and obvious veins. A butterfly has segmented bodies, and those segments can be divided into three units: a head, a thorax and an abdomen.

Head There are three vital organs: a pair of compound eyes, a pair of sensory clubbed antennae (swell at the front), and a siphoning mouthparts.
Thorax The prothorax, mesothorax and metathorax segments make up the thorax. Four wings, six legs.
Abdomen The abdomen consists of ten segments, while the first segment has degenerated, and the ninth and tenth have specialized into reproductive structure. Both sides of each segment have tracheas.

Lifespan:Butterflies’ lifespans vary from species to species. Some can only live a month (multivoltinism, e.g. cabbage butterfly), some can live up to a year (univoltine, e.g. Chilasa clytia). The length of pupa stage also depends on different species, temperature, humidity and whether passing the winter in pupa.

Characteristics:Butterflies are complete metamorphosis insects. Different species have different forms and colors of eggs. After incubation will be one age, and then grow an age once molt. Based on the appearance, pupa can be separated into pupa abhaerena and pupa contigua. The process of becoming a butterfly from pupa is called “emergence,” and they usually emerged in early morning of a suitable weather. After emergence, the first thing for them to do is to have reproduction.

Lifestyle: Butterflies usually act at daytime. When resting, they fold their wings on the back or spread out on both sides. While on each side, the fore wing partially covers the under. Clubbed antennae swell at the front.

Stages of life:  Egg, larva, pupa, and adult, which are the life cycle of a butterfly.
 

Pupa abhaerena:
Only the end point fixes the pupa.

Pupa contigua:
 
A thick line twining on the branch to support the pupa.

 

◎Reflections from the Whispering of Butterflies team:
        There were a number of species of butterflies inside and also outside the garden, just like a scene that butterflies having a hilarious party together. We loved the environment of our garden very much, and loved to rear butterflies as well. Every time the weather was suitable, we would ask the teachers whether we were allowed to rear caterpillars actively. Fortunately, we got so many supports from our teachers, family, and classmates, as a matter of fact that when they turned into butterflies, they would be able to live with their companions in the garden, and then kept breeding to make our garden more and more flourishing. It was such a valuable thing to retain a butterfly wonderland in a city, thus we ought to treasure the opportunity.