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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Butterflies in Hong Kong (3)---Papaya smoothie party (continued)

Unlike the Browns, most of the Nymphs are quite colourful. 

This is a Gaudy Baron, a very beautiful butterfly, mainly found in South and Southeast Asia.
Gaudy Baron is not commonly seen in Hong Kong. Actually this was the first time I saw a Gaudy Baron. I couldn’t believe it was in my garden! Its wingspan ranges from 6-7cm and displays sexual dimorphisim. This one shown here is a male, while the female has black bordered white bands on the upperside fore wing.

This is a Blue Admiral. Its size is similar to the Gaudy Baron. While the upperside of the wing has an eye-catching wide blue strip, the underside of the wings look like dried leaves helping them to camouflage themselves in the forest.

This is a Yellow Rajah, a relatively big Nymphalid butterfly with a wingspan ranging form 7-9cm. It is mainly found in India and is uncommon in Hong Kong.

The Yellow Rajah seems to be a “bully” as you can see it is trying to use its proboscis to push another butterfly away from the papaya. This is a new observation for me to see a butterfly using its proboscis as a weapon. I wonder if anyone has seen this behaviour before.

The Large Faun is very easy to identify because of the white circular spots on the underside of its wings. It is common in Hong Kong but I was quite surprised to see one in the garden.


Phil Slade said...

There are some beautiful butterflies there FOHK. And I thought our Red Admiral was rather nice!Thanks for visiting my blog, I will make a link to yours. phil

Tabib said...

Great macro and behaviour shoots, love this!

Life in Egypt said...

you have a nice veriety of butterflies in hk.
nice photography, well taken,

ShySongbird said...

They are beautiful, so exotic looking to the English eye.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It looks like the snail and bee are also enjoying a feast. :)

Montanagirl said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, and for your kind comments. The "cowboy" hadn't felt well for a long time, but just recently went to the doctor - entered hospital on August 13 I believe - too far gone at that point to help him. Your photography is just amazing - gorgeous photos! Thanks again for stopping by.

Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok said...

Lovely series of photos from the papaya party!
I like the Blue Admiral, such a contrast between its upper and under wings.

Unknown said...

Smashing Butterfly images and lovely photos on your site.Will come back and look more closely next time. Just added to your follow list.

Amila Salgado said...

You've got Gaudy Baron in your garden? Gosh! I am so jealous. And don't tell me that the Blue Admiral was also shot in your yard. Those two are rare species in SL.

Great captures!

Friend of HK said...

Thank you very much for enjoying the story of my "garden butterflies"!

Pallekoss said...

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