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  • Oizumi Chuo Park Butterfly Garden "Chouno-Sato "

    Received the 32nd City Park Contest“Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport City Bureau Award”

    Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    Field Museum Guide

  • Athletic entrance

    Butterfly Garden

    Four seasons entrance

    Four Seasons Square

    Water Square (Rainbow Pond)

    Water Square entrance (west entrance)

    Athletics Stadium

    Saitama Prefectural Wako Forest Park

    ↑ Set “Home of Chrysalises”, provides a good growth environment for chrysalises through its architectural design with eaves.

    ↑ Import pillar configuration of aristolochia fruit, edible herbs

    Oizumi Chuo Park Map

    About Butterfly Garden "Chouno-Sato"

    Oizumi Chuo Park with Dancing Butterflies

    Butterfly Garden is a piece of land with an area of about 500 m2 reclaimed in the corner of Sorin Square, around the 11th year of Heisei (1999), to create a natural environment to attract the Swallowtail Butterfly, plant life is the main food source for the butterflies (insect edible herbs), honey-producing plants (nectar- derived plants) are planted to attract butterflies.

    Oizumi Chuo Park, is located on the return trail from Asaka and the U.S. Army installation. Asaka (originally a golf course), was opened in the 2nd year of Heisei (1990) after reconstruction, and it is a park covering approximately 10 hectares. It incorporates such areas as the Forest of Wild Birds and Sorin Square. There is a concentrated preservation of existing tree species in the Park and many different kinds of butterflies can be viewed in this, the Butterfly Garden.

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    Baseball field entrance

    Baseball field

    Oizumi Chuo Park

    Parking Lot

    Nagakubo Service center

    With voice guidance

    Wild Bird Forest

    Hidamari Square

    Sparse forest Square

    Athletic

    Sandpit

    fountain

    Butterfly Garden

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  • ↑The red helen sucking nectar of tree of heaven

    ← Chinese wind mill sucking aristolochia fruit

    Butterfly Garden "Chouno-Sato" won “The Award of Director General of City Bureau, Ministry of Land. Infrastructure and Transport” in the 32nd Metropolitan Park Competition and others!!

    The mouth of an adult butterfly, known as the mouthpart, is similar to a long suction tube, and butterfly sucks nectar through the straw-like mouthpart. Plants providing nectar are generally referred to as nectar-derived plants. There is a large leaf Butterfly Bush (buddleja) favored by most butterflies and there are also Trees of Heaven and Glossy Abelia among others, favored by the Swallowtail Butterfly in the Hometown of Butterflies, many varieties of butterflies can be seen here due to the existence of these nectarderived plants.

    The leaves of plants eaten by butterfly larvae vary according to their species. We call herbs for butterfly’s edible herbs. In the Hometown of Butterflies, a large number of edible herbs for the larvae of Swallowtail Butterfly are planted, so we can see a mass of larvae of these butterflies.

    Butterfly Garden "Chouno-Sato" was successfully renewed in October in the 28th year of Heisei (2016) through environmental management of the forests and new signage for the edible herbs and nectar- derived plants tree etc. for the creation of a habitable environment favored by butterflies, which added a new and unique charm to the park. After which, the project won The Award of Director-General of City Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in the 32nd Metropolitan Park Competition (hosted by General corporation aggregate Japan Park Greenbelt Association and supported by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).

    Kind of butterfly

    Swallowtail butterfly Spangle Chinese peacock Old World Swallowtail Common Bluebottle Chinese windmill Small White Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow Common Grass Yellow Indian Fritillary Pale Grass Blue Small Copper Curetis acuta The Chinese Bushbrown The Straight Swift

    Orange

    Rutaceae oranges, Trifoliate orange, Japanese Prickly-ash, etc.

    Rutaceae Amur Corktree, Trifoliate orange, Japanese orix, etc. Apiaceae Water dropwort, Trefoil, carrots, etc.

    Lauraceae of the camphor, Tabinoki, Shirodamo etc.

    Aristolochiaceae of Aristolochia debilis, etc

    Vegetables such as cruciferous cabbage, variableleaf yellowcress etc.

    Fabaceae white clover, purple clover, etc.

    Fabaceae Nemunoki, Robinia pseudoacacia, Hagi, etc.

    Violaceae violets, bungee, etc.

    Oxalidaceae department Oxalis etc.

    Polygonaceae Common Sorrel, Japanese dock, etc..

    Fabaceae Japanese wisteria, kudzu,etc.

    Gramineae Miscanthus sinensis, Sasabamboo, etc.

    Various of Gramineae and Cyperaceae

    Main butterfly Herbivorous Herbivorous

    Nectar-derived plants

    Butterflies edible herbs

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  • After being hatched from eggs, butterflies will go through several stages including larvae, pupae through to adulthood, respective forms of butterflies in different stages are different from those in other stages, and this is known as complete metamorphosis, which is common to this species of insects. Depending on the species, butterflies can reproduce a number of times in a one year cycle.

    Butterflies lay their eggs on plants that can be used as food by the

    larvae.

    Most species of butterflies emerge from pupae in the

    morning and become adult butterflies.

    Depending on the species, the larval

    butterfly undergoes several transformations and eventually develop

    into pupa. The larvae grow by

    eating the plant after being hatched.

    Life of butterflies

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  • If calculated from the date of hatching, the life of Swallowtail Butterfly is about 40 to 50 days. Although there will be some changes depending on the temperature, the eggs are usually hatched in 5 days, and then go through several stages including larvae, pupa and adult, i.e. so-called complete metamorphosis. Adults can survive for about 2 weeks.

    The key to attracting butterflies is to carefully select plants and edible herbs that are part of the butterfly diet. Strict selection of plants for your home will allow butterflies to be attracted to an area or environment. Selecting plants favored by butterfly larvae will increase the likelihood, and butterflies are likely to lay eggs on the plant life in this way, the eggs grow into pupae after being hatched and finally grow into fully developed butterflies.

    Attracting butterflies

    Adults

    Final larva4th instar larva

    3rd instar larva

    2nd instar larva Swallowtail butterfly life

    About 40 to 50 days after eggs hatching

    1st instar larva egg

    Pupa

    About 10 days

    About 10 days

    About 5 days

    About 5 days

    About 5 days

    About 3 days

    About 1 day

    What is the Life of Swallowtail Butterfly?

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  • The size of butterfly wings is a benchmark for our classification of butterflies. First of all, we can take photographs to observe them in detail.

    LARGE 7cm from 5cm

    2cm from 4cm

    1cm from 2cm

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    The following photographs are about the butterflies found in Oizumi Chuo Park. Let us see how many kinds of butterflies we can find. Maybe we can find some new kinds of butterflies that are different from those in the photos.

    Looking for butterflies together

    Butterfly size

    Spangle

    Swallowtail butterfly

    Chinese windmill

    Common Bluebottle

    Silver-washed Fritillary The White Admiral Blue Admiral Hestina persimilis japonica

    Indian Fritillary Painted Lady Polygonia c-aureum

    Old World Swallowtail

    Chinese peacock Great Mormon

    larvae of swallowtail butterflies

    larvae of chinese windmill

    larvae of old World Swallowtail

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  • Butterflies usually emerge from pupae in spring and summer, and grow into adulthood stage by stage, so the best season to observe butterfly adults is between spring and summer. (Depending on the individual, the adult stage is may be somewhat different.) In addition, we can catch butterflies to observe them and then set them free.

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    Circe

    Lethe sicelis

    Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow

    Holly blue

    Curetis acuta Dark Small-branded Swift The Straight Swift Daimio tethys

    Pale Grass Blue Japanese Oakblue Long-tailed Blue

    Common Grass Yellow Small Copper Japonica saepestriata

    Ypthima argus Nettle-tree Butterfly Small White

    Common Glider The Goschkevitschi's Labyrinth The Chinese Bushbrown

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  • From Tobu Tojo Line "Narimasu", take the bus for Oizumi Gakuen and get off at "Oizumi Chuo Koen". From the Seibu Ikebukuro Line "Oizumi Gakuen", take the bus for Narimasu South Exit and get off at "Naga

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