Saturday, June 4, 2016
Fung Yuan Butterfly Reserve, Hong Kong
Fung Yuan is one of the best and most accessible butterfly-watching and photography sites in Hong Kong. On two Saturdays (14 and 21 May), though the wheather was not ideal for butterfly-hunting, I could still see some insect life at Fung Yuan.
The Acytolepis puspa (鈕灰蝶) wasn't a target for most of the photographers. However, when it presented a good perch for me, I just sanpped a few shots.
My friends spotted a few Neopithecops zalmora (一點灰蝶) along a foot path outside Fung Yuan. There were flitting around and feeding on flowers at times. We were lucky to see one of them releasing water dropplets from its abdomen. .
These two Cyrestis thyodamas (網絲蛺蝶) feasted on the damp ground for a long period of time. They were drunk on the ground, oblivious to passersby walking just beside them.
Fung Yuan is full of the White Dragontail butterflies (Lamprotera curius ) (燕鳳蝶). Altough they appear like dragonflies, they are the smallest Papilionids. Usually they flap their wings at very high speeds while feeding. However, I notice that at certian time of the day, they may rest on flowers with wings fully open.
The Lethe confusa 白帶黛眼蝶 seems to be very common here. On a rather cool and cloudy day, this guy was less active.
This looks more like a Neptis hylas (中環蛺蝶) - it took me awhile to get just one shot of this extremely alert fellow.
I saw a few Birdwing larvae feeding on the host plants.
I have no idea what they are - Ok. Dr Kendrick identified this as the Syntomoides imaon. Both moths belong to Erebidae and Arctinae.