Butterfly catching is turning into big business on the island of Taiwan. Children join with?
LV Children with nets trying to catch butterflies.
SCU Children taking butterfly out of net. (2 shots)
GV Children catching butterflies by riverside.
CU Butterfly. (2 shots)
SV Child nets butterfly.
SV & CU Butterflies being caught. (4 shots)
CU Dozens of butterflies poured into box.
SV & CU Girls working on dried butterflies. (5 shots)
SV & CU Girls laying butterflies on sheet for pressing. (5 shots)
SV & CU Girls prepare large butterflies for wall plaques. (2 shots)
SV Women with cloth in sales shop
CU Wall plaque.
SV Butterfly expert examining specimens.
SV & CU Man working on butterflies and mounted specimens. (5 shots)
SV PAN Several hundred mounted specimens.
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Background: Butterfly catching is turning into big business on the island of Taiwan. Children join with professional catchers to chase the 400 beautiful varieties of the island.
During the summer butterfly season a good catcher can net 100,00 butterflies in a day.
Handicraft factories in Taiwan employ one thousand workers catching and using butterflies to decorate trays, lanterns and jewellery.
Others are mounted in transparent frames to ornament the walls of city dwellers. The sheets of plastic under which 50 to 100 species are mounted and framed are also popular with biology teachers.
One New York collector's shop once ordered 2 million butterflies at a cost of 262,000 US dollars (more than 100,000 sterling).
The average price of a common variety sold in the United States is less than one dollar (about 40 p) but rare species - such as the velvety black and white Byasapolyeuctes ternessus sell for up to 90 dollars (GBP 36).
SYNOPSIS: Summer is the butterfly catching season on the island of Taiwan.
Schoolchildren compete with the professional hunters to net specimens of the four hundred varieties found on the island.
Beautiful butterflies are becoming big business. There's always a ready market even though a hundred thousand can be caught on a good day in Taiwan.
The nets are effective but when the butterflies are being ellusive the catchers find a few drops of ammonia attracts them.
Handicraft factories in Taiwan employ one thousand workers in the pursuit and preparation of butterflies for decoration on trays, lanterns and jewellery.
Dried, their colour and beauty are preserved to brighten the lives of city dwellers.
In hot climates such as Taiwan's, some varieties reproduce five generations in one year. And some even change colour during their lifespan.
A popular item with biology teachers and new collectors is sealed sheets of plastic in which fifty to one hundred species are mounted and identified.
Although most are caught in the woodlands some butterflies are cultivated at butterfly farms.
The biggest butterflies found in Taiwan have a wingspan of eleven inches. As is often the case in nature, the males are brighter coloured than the females.
Butterflies are found all round the globe except at the poles. And there are more than twenty thousand varieties.
Some varieties are very rare and ar specially prized by collectors. In the collector's shops in the United States they can fetch more than thirty five pounds. Some are much more common - worth less than forty pence to Taiwan.