Program: From Ancient Capital to South of the Clouds: Butterflies and Others of Wild China, by Robert Michael Pyle of the Xerces Society
Scarab Pyle is a world-famous author on butterflies, nature and conservation. In May, 2011 he and 16 other naturalists traveled into the heart of wild China, visiting remarkable habitats including isolated Foping National Nature Reserve in the Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi and Puducuo National Park in Shangri La Tibetan district in western Yunnan. You will see an array of the nearly 100 species of butterflies and many moths encountered in biomes ranging from rich temperate forest to alpine steppe, including a remarkable mimicry ring around Parnassius glacialis. Some of the other organisms encountered, including wild panda, the giant
red-and-white flying squirrel, leeches, and an eye-popping trillium named Paris polyphylla, will also make an appearance. "Despite inevitable visits to the silk factories, forests of high rises, and ghastly pollution of the lowlands, we were all surprised at how intact and wild certain parts of China remain for now."
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