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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Common But Pretty Butterflies

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Hong Kong, one butterfly you are more likely to encounter is the Colour Sergeant (Athyma nefte).


Colour Sergeant can be seen almost everywhere in Hong Kong throughout the year. They like to visit flowers so it is very easy to spot them in urban and country parks.  


In contrast to the bird world, some female butterflies are more colourful than the males, such as this female Colour Sergeant. 

The colours of the male are not as bright. 

Unlike the females, sometimes the males can be found on the ground sucking minerals from mud and even faeces. 

Common butterflies are very often ignored by photographers but I can’t get enough of the Indian Fritillary (Argyreus hyperbius). 



The female Indian Fritillary mimics the appearance of the poisonous Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) to repel predators. 

Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) 

The male, on the other hand, is less colourful.

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Irma said...

Great series of butterflies, some are really sublime.
Greetings Irma

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous butterflies and awesome photos!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Lovely post!!!.. Great macro of this beautiful butteeflies.. Greetings

Montanagirl said...

Simply stunning Butterfly photos! Wonderful post.

TexWisGirl said...

common to you, but certainly not in the US. beautiful!

Rohrerbot said...

These are all new to me. Incredible! You really have some amazing critters over there. So here's what we need to come here and I'll go there for a couple weeks to explore our flora and fauna. If only it were that simple....why does everything have to cost so much money:) Love the shots....really special butterflies you have in your part of the world.

chica said...

Todas lindas, ricas em detalhes! abraços,linda semana!chica

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant species, colours are wonderful too.

Claudia said...

Really beautiful captures!

Alan Pavey said...

What a fabulous set of pics, so sharp and great colours :-)

Danielle v/d Horst said...

Ik heb weer genoten van al die mooie vlinders wat een kleuren en zo mooi scherp groetjes Danielle

Bas. said...

prachtig z,on vlinderserie dat is altijd weer genieten.

Monique et Daniel said...

Merveilleux ces papillons, très belles photos!
Note : they are not common in Europe!

Jma said...

They are common for you, but colorfull for european photographs. I've posted a spotted fritillary on my blog, if you want to compare ! (


Here I Am Carrie said...

Your series of butter flies is just wonderful. So detailed and informative. I also loved your dragonflies and spiders.

Marco Luijken said...

What a lot of fantastic shots!!
Amazing to see all these different beautiful butterflies.
Shot 12 with the blue on his wings is my favorite. My complimentes to you!!

Greetings, Marco

Unknown said...

Davvero bella questa sequenza e ben scattate tutte...complimenti!

Helma said...


really great Friend of HK. What you'll have a wonderful blog of beautiful butterflies posted. Beautiful color and sharpness and beautiful details. Compliment.

Kind regards, Helma

Maria said...

I like your variety and detail.

老人と瀬戸内海 said...


Noushka said...

I bet you can't have enough of these beauties!
Your photos are a real delight!
Also it is very interesting for me - living abroad - to discover them through your lens!
Well done, cheers!

Magia da Inês said...

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Ótimo trabalho!
São tão bonitas!
Bom fim de semana!!!

anushka said...

great shots..

waldlaeufer68 Frank Scholtyssek said...

a compliment for this great post .. fantastic pictures very good explanations to .. It gives me real pleasure to look at you and to read ..
greetings Frank

Andrew said...

Common species can still make uncommon photos. Beautiful series!

Giga said...

Wszystkie są śliczne, nawet te bardzo popularne. Nie mogę się na nie napatrzyć, kocham motyle. Pozdrawiam.
All are beautiful, even the very popular. I can not ogle at them, I love butterflies. Yours.

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne

Very nice shots! Fantastic work!
Have a nice week
Yvonne & Raphael