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Taiwan used to export tens of millions of butterflies a year to be used to adorn tablecloths and paintings, and as part of specimen books. But this has changed over the years, thanks to a combination of factors including rising environmental awareness, climate change, and a loss of habitat. They have resulted in a big drop in Taiwan's butterfly population. But even so, butterflies can still be spotted in suburban areas or in mountain areas island-wide.
In this episode of Taiwan Talk, ICRT's Jane Lee chats with Professor Hsu Yufeng, who has dedicated over five decades years of his life studying these spectacular insects. He compares himself to Peter Pan when it comes to butterflies, the little creatures that he fell in love with at the age of 8.