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金獅湖遊

走訪茂林

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◎Origins:
       We hoped to understand butterfly ecology outside the campus through field visit. Consequently, we picked three locations which were Jinshi Lake, Maolin, and Muh Sheng Museum of Entomology, from near to far in sequence. The reasons why choosing these three places were because Jinshi Lake was close to our school, and it had the biggest butterfly cages in our country; there would be purple butterflies overwintering in Maolin, so we could have a chance to take a look; Muh Sheng Museum of Entomology was situated in the central area of Taiwan, so we could know different butterfly ecology in different areas, and it had the most insect specimens.

◎Location of the Jinshi Lake Butterfly Garden:   
      The butterfly garden was hidden on the east side of the Jinshi scenic area in Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City. There were two cages growing lots of nectar source and food plants in the scenic area. Feeling that butterflies’ habitats became less and less in cities, so the butterfly garden preserved the ecosystem which butterflies needed in habitats, and took on the responsibility of conserving butterflies.

◎Introduction of Jinshi Lake Butterfly Garden:        
        The Jinshi Lake Butterfly Garden could be divided into Building No.1 and Building No.2, while the former was established in 1999, and the latter was in 2007. The butterfly cage in Building No.1 was 250 square meters. In addition to the cage, there were also butterfly-watching platforms, rest chairs, pavements, and ecological ponds inside and outside the building. On the outer side of the entrance, there set four glass boxes exhibiting different kinds of larvae and food plants according to the season.
        The total footage of Building No.2 was 1100 square meters with an ecological ditch surrounding the whole building. There were food plants and common nectar source plants attracting butterflies on both sides of the pavement so that the tourists could enjoy butterfly-watching in a close distance. Outside the building, there were some foods for butterflies and larvae, which often attracted wild butterflies as well.
        Species of butterflies in the garden include: Idea leuconoe clara, Byasa polyeuctes termessus, Ideopsis similis, Tirumala limniace limniace, Troides aeacus formosanus, Hebomoia glaucippe formosana, Graphium agamemnon, Danaus chrysippus, Byasa alcinous mansonensis, and Papilio memnon heronus.
        In 2010, the Jinshi Lake Butterfly Garden added a specimen museum and an introducing center for tourists to observe the structure of butterflies carefully, which simultaneously expanded the educational function of the garden.

(Source: Kaohsiung Travel)

◎Visit to Jinshi Lake Butterfly Garden:


 

Larvae rearing room


 

Food plants


 

Food plants

Food plants
 (with climbable iron frames)

Idea leuconoe clara
trapped in a spider web


Idea leuconoe clara


 

Byasa polyeuctes termessus

Larva of Byasa
polyeuctes termessus


 

Tirumala limniace limniace


 

Troides aeacus formosanus

Graphium agamemnon
moving around


 

Danaus chrysippus

 

 

◎Reflections sharing:
        These were pictures I took in Jinshi Lake Butterfly Garden. The species of butterflies here had little difference between those in our school. However, the whole Jinshi Lake Butterfly Garden was much bigger and each divided area such as larvae rearing room and pupae room had also been carefully maintained. Moreover, there set up iron frames in the garden to grow climbing food plants, while those food plants in the pots would be covered with webs lest some enemies attack the eggs or larvae upon. There were flowers, trees, streams, pavements, and ponds here, perfectly forming a wonderland for butterflies. Thanks to the volunteers for the upmost care and maintenance so that Jinshi Lake Butterfly Garden could be such a fine place. Last but not least, neither tickets nor regulation were needed, so it might be an excellent attraction to visit during leisure time, and remember to be respectful to the environment.