Saturday, July 16, 2016

Butterflies of Korea - Part II (The Jeju Years)

remnants of Common Bluebottle Graphium sarpedon 
Long Tail Spangle Papilio macilentus
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas 
Chestnut Tiger Parantica sita
Red Helen Papilio helenus
Indian Fritillary Argyreus hyperbius
Asian Swallowtail Papilo xuthus 
  Many words in Korean are simple compounds of other words (eg: ankle = ‘foot throat’; seal = ‘water dog’; Long-tailed Duck = ‘ocean pheasant’; fish = 'water meat'), and it is quite rewarding and amusing when you start to piece together words on your own. When I first saw a Long Tail Spangle on Jeju, I wondered if it was called 'Jebi-nabi', or 'Swallow-butterfly'. It is.

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