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◎Maolin—Purple Butterfly Valley    

         When winter (approximately November to March) approaches, purple butterflies will come to the foot of Dawu Mountain in Maolin, Kaohsiung, a holy mountain of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples—Paiwan and Rukai, forming the so-called “Purple Butterfly Valley” with up to one million purple butterflies overwintering in the warm valley. Together with “Monarch Butterfly Valley” in Mexico, these are two kinds of “overwintering valley” in the world. (“Purple Butterfly Valley” is not a place name; instead, it is a term specially used by researchers to describe the ecological phenomenon of purple butterflies gather to overwinter). Through years of tracing observations, experts have discovered purple butterflies’ pathway back to north, which starts from Maolin, passes Moon World in Kaohsiung, Danayiku in Chiayi, Huben Village in Yunlin, Bagua Mountain in Changhua, Dadu Mountain in Taichung, Huoyan Mountain in Miaoli, and ends at Chunan, Hsinchu, linking up a butterfly highway.
         The members assembling at Maolin Purple Butterfly Valley are mainly small purple butterflies, purple-edged butterflies, round-winged purple butterflies, and Sylvester purple butterflies. For purple butterfly lovers at home and abroad, the “Purple Butterfly Valley” is such a wonder that they can’t miss in every winter.

(Source: Taiwan the Heart of Asia- Maolin National Scenic Area)

◎Visit to Maolin:

 

◎Reflections sharing:
       This was my second time visiting Maolin to see purple butterflies. Every time watching them, I thought they were gorgeous but also mysterious. It seemed that the air and water in Maolin were quite fresh and clear, and the residents were friendly as well. When walking on the pavement, I could see hundreds of butterflies playing around flowers freely without human disturbance, which formed a breath-taking scene. However, I was poor at distinguishing different species of purple butterflies; if I had a chance to visit again, I would take a closer look at their appearances.