|Photo Gallery SPECIAL SERIES No.2
Alpine Butterflies of Daisetsu-zan, Hokkaido
Photo by WATANABE, Yasuyuki (Council member of our society)
Daisetsu-zan is the mountain range located in Hokkaido (northern part of Japan), which is famous for its biodiversity.
This mountain range played an important role as a “refugia” of many circumpolar species.
Therefore rich flora and fauna has been preserved up to now.
Mr. WATANABE, Yasuyuki is a skilled climber and also a keen naturalist.
As a professional nature photographer, he has been producing many great photo books on butterflies.
His favorite place is Daisetsu-zan, he has been visiting there for more than 30 years.
He offered the following butterfly photos for our website. Many thanks to his kindness.
Photo 1: Yellow Apollo Parnassius eversmanni daisetsuzanus visiting a flower. (June 28, 2010)
Photo 2: Yellow Apollo Parnassius eversmanni daisetsuzanus laying eggs. (June 20, 2010)
Photo 3: Freija Fritillary Clossiana freija asahidakeana visiting a flower. (June 21, 2010)
Photo 4: Melissa Arctic Oeneis melissa daisetsuzana mating. (June 28, 2010)