We were very happy to find this beautiful Chestnut Tiger Butterfly (asagi-madara) today. It was even feeding on sweet chestnut flowers so it’s obvious where the name comes from. This species is fascinating and famous because of its migratory behaviour. Mark-and-release research has shown that some individuals fly from Taiwan to Japan, and they have been known to fly more than 1,000km.

Lots more information about this species here.

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Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae
Paranatica sita = asagi-madara (Chestnut Tiger)

Location: Area of woodland (sweet chestnut orchard) near our house in Munakata.
Google map = here.