Fairies at Summit: Graphium mandarinus

Back in Christmas 2013, I visited Chiang Mai.  Although it supposed to be the flower blooming season, the weather was unexpectedly cold.  Right before that trip, I read that the temperature in Chiang Mai city dropped to 0°C.  It was a bit warmer when I landed there.  Still, that was 4°C.  Due to the unexpected weather, the trip was a failure.

This year, I made another attempt.  With weather back to normal, I finally met these fairies at the summit of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand.

A Weekend Journey to Jiangxi

Together with a large group of butterfly enthusiasts, I took a whopping 900km bus ride to Jiangxi looking for one butterfly, Sericinus montelus.  The butterflies should be common in northern parts of China around late summer.

The original plan was to leave Shenzhen at night on Friday and to reach the spot in the morning on Saturday.  Unfortunately, the ride was not exactly smooth as expected as we did not know buses were banned from highway during late night.  When we reach the spot, it’s already late in the afternoon on Saturday.  Still, we managed to find the locally common butterflies quite quickly.

Side-Mission: Luehdorfia japonica in Kanagawa

While the main purpose of the trip was to enjoy sakura blooming with my family, I spent one day and went to Kanagawa alone.  There, I found the seasonal butterfly, Luehdorfia japonica, that is endemic to Japan.  While it occurs during spring, local people call it “the goddess of spring” in Japan.