Common Mapwing Cyrestis thyodamas formosana

Common Mapwing (Cyrestis thyodamas formosana)

Common Mapwing (Cyrestis thyodamas formosana)

Common Mapwing (Cyrestis thyodamas formosana)

Common Mapwing (Cyrestis thyodamas formosana)

Common Mapwing (Cyrestis thyodamas formosana)

Common Mapwing (Cyrestis thyodamas formosana)

Common Mapwing (Cyrestis thyodamas formosana)

Location: Kending & Maolin, Taiwan

8 Comments

  1. Nick Morgan

    I have seen pictures of these before and thought they looked as though they had been crumpled up and then straightened out again! Your pictures are great. I have never seen them in such detail, showing the blue and brown markings so clearly.

    1. Sylvia

      I think this is the one butterfly I have been most excited about this year…or several years for that matter. The first one I saw was the bottom shot. I just held my breathe. I was so afraid I would scare it away before I could get close enough to get a shot. I really, really wanted to be able to look at the details. I was so glad I got to see 4 or 5 more before we left! They really are one of my all time favorites, perhaps the favorite!

      1. Nick Morgan

        Ha ha! You have just reminded me that when I was in the Sierra Nevada on several occasions when I was taking pictures of butterflies I realised that I had stopped breathing! I had to take several deep breaths to stop myself blacking out!! My wife just rolled here eyes when I told her!!

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