From today's edition of The World:
It's about 180 miles as the crow flies...the purple crow butterfly, that is. One hundred and eighty miles is the length of the annual migration of purple crow butterflies through Taiwan. The purple crow butterfly has a much shorter trip than its migrating North American relative, the monarch butterfly; still, it's not an easy journey. The purple crow butterflies fly along busy roads where they can get sucked into traffic. So, Taiwanese authorities have taken to closing parts of the highway to give the butterflies a break.
Caroline Gluck reports from National Freeway No. 3, "the front line in the battle to try to protect the butterflies." This is the second year running that the National Freeway authorities have taken measures to try to protect the butterflies from being crushed or killed by traffic as they make their annual migration from southern Taiwan to the north where they go to lay their eggs. The measures are costing around 83,000 U.S. dollars, but the Director General of the Taiwan area National Freeway Bureau says it is money well spent, for this special creature.
When the number of purple crow butterflies reaches more than 500 per minute, authorities will close a section about one mile long along the outer lane of the freeway. They will also set up 13-foot safety nets, fencing in part of the outer lane to encourage the butterflies to fly high above the traffic. And, hundreds of new trees have been planted along the highway to serve as butterfly rest areas.
When Ms. Gluck traveled to a farm about 12 miles from the highway, thousands of the butterflies were taking nectar in the woods, gathering strength before they continue on their long journey. The purple crow butterflies are highly sensitive to cloudy or cool temperatures; they won't move on until the weather conditions are just right.
Someone once told me, through a random thought, que la belleza aparece sin avisar. Thank you Taiwan, for protecting your mari-posas. San Francisco knows this is important too, especially in Yerba Buena Gardens:
If you know me, you'll understand this post. But even if you don't, please remember to protect your personal butterflies~ that person who makes you feel butterflies in your soul ~ whomever and wherever they may be ~
And on that note, I give you these notes ~ an ode to maripositas everywhere ~ the sexy, the scandalous, and the sweet ~
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