The Gifucho and Himegifucho butterflies naturally occur in different habitats. These two species coexist in the Kawamae district of Oishida Town, one of very few places in Japan where this can be seen. The Kawamae District Gifucho / Himegifucho Butterfly Preservation Society have undertaken several conservation activities, in cooperation with the town’ s board of education, to help protect these butterflies from excessive capture by overenthusiastic hobbyists. As part of this effort, every year, grade 4 students (aged 10) from the town receive practical instruction on the butterfly’ s ecology, and foster an emotional attachment and protective feeling towards the butterfly. This continued hands-on approach will lead to stability in population numbers.
Gifucho and Himegifucho are also known as Luehdorfia Japonica / Luehdorfia Puziloi, respectively.
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