In Central Asia, in the small mountainous
country Kyrgyzstan, with its sandy and stony deserts, the powerful
ridges of the Tien-Shan and Alai-Pamir, the spacious steppes of the
mountain valleys cut by canyons of the rough rivers and gray-haired
glaciers above emerald high-mountainous lakes, is a place of dwelling
of numerous kinds of insects, including one of the finest creations of
the world's nature: the butterfly. Kyrgyzstan is for many people in the
world a country far away hidden in an unknown region, you can say the
butterfly is even more a species hidden in Kyrgyzstan's nature, it
rarely shows itself, the season that the butterfly really flies is
short, too short.
The specialists in the study of the butterflies, the entomologists, in
Kyrgyzstan have a vast knowledge of the where-a-bouts of the nation's
butterflies, and they share this knowledge of the butterflies sometimes
with others. Some butterflies fly only a few days every two years, some
occupy only 1 sq. km on a certain rocky slope, so the habitats and
habits are a tightly-kept secret to keep poachers from coming in and
selling the precious species on the world's market.
Many entomologists from all over the world dream to visit the various
parts of Tien-Shan, Gissar and Darvaz to admire places of dwelling of
legendary species of Parnassius, and Colias, Lycaenidas and Satyridas
to collect scientific collections and certainly to make fine photos.
Few entomologists, from Japan to Chili, come every year to share their
hobby with the entomologists of Kyrgyzstan. Available blanks in biology
and taxonomy insects of Central Asia give an opportunity to describe
new species and subspecies and as to specify areas of distribution
already known. You can lead weight of supervision interesting to a
science, and like this the knowledge of this precious species grows.
In Kyrgyzstan we are able to organize and lead entomological
expeditions to the regions richest with kinds, to ridges of Tien-Shan
and Alai-Pamir, such as: Alai and Trans-Alai ridges where you can
collect and study 7 species Parnassius, including P.charltonius
romanovi. P.ch.aenigma, P.simonies taldicus, P.s.grayi,
P.s.nigrificatus and 9 species Colias, such as with C.regia,
C.christophy, C.wiskotti, C.alpherakyi and others, and as various
species of Karanasa, Paralasa, Hyponephele and Melitaea.
The Sary-Djaz Rivers Bazin, ridges Terskey and Kaindy-Katta where it is
possible to catch legendary Parnassius loxias and P.patrisius priamus,
P.boedromius, Melitaea fergana khantengri and Colias staudingeri Ridges
of Northern Tien-Shan - Alexander, Baidulu and Kungey, places of such
species as: Parnassius delphius f. styx, P.d. pulchra, P.boedromius
martiniheringi, P.patricius kordakoffi, P.b.hohlbecki and P.b.sokolovi.
Western Tien Shan, Chatkal Range - a place of dwelling Parnassius
maximinus and Colias draconis.
And certainly ridges of Eastern Pamir, - paradise for collectors where
fly: Parnasius autocrator, P.simo, P.staudingeri hunza, and
P.st.jacobsoni, P.kiritshenkoi and Colias marcopolo.