Since 1972, I have explored the jungles of the world in search of butterfly, and specifically butterfly farms. This year was no exception.
After two weeks on the jungle islands of Palawan and Busuanga/Coron, I flew from Manila to Brazil for a week in Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana, and Ipanema. Then for two weeks into Paraguay, Argentina, and three days at the unbelievable Iguassu Falls.
Later in the year, on a series of small boats, I ventured into the pirate laced Sulu Sea to Selingan Island (Turtle Islands), then to Sandakan, and into the Mangrove Swamps of the Abubi Jungle in Borneo. There waiting for me were giant sea turtles laying eggs, monster monitor “dragons”, flying squirrels, sun bears, proboscis monkeys, and the elusive wild Orangutan (one walked to just two feet from me!). A wild encounter unparalleled in my travels.
But lest I forget the butterflies. Magnificent species creating myriads of rainbows in such numbers as I have never seen before. The dense tropical forests of Borneo were primal and quite unlike the Amazon. Here Rajah’s Birdwings glistened in the filtered sunlight.
Also, I have been to a lot of butterfly farms in my time, but I found one of the best in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I will have pictures to share.
At Laguna’s Sawdust Festival, I will feature farmed butterfly from Malaysia, Amazon, and the Philippines. Add one of these beauties to your décor. Also enjoy my limited murals and miniature “cubes”.
AKA: The Butterfly Man