Friday, 23 November 2012

Picture of the Day: Hong Kong Butterflies

These butterflies have black bodies with white spots
Yesterday was unusually warm and humid -- with a high of 27 degrees and relative humidity of around 85 percent.

How many butterflies can you find here?
Thanks to YTSL, these pictures were taken along the Tai Po Waterfront Park, where we spotted a whole bunch of butterflies together, hanging out on a bush -- roughly counting at least 10 of them.

Even better, they didn't scatter when we approached and periodically fluttered their wings so we could get some shots.

Some had sky blue wings, others mostly orange with a big white dot on each side; the former had black bodies covered in white spots.

Further along the waterfront we were surrounded by more of these colourful insects, flying around us, seemingly unaware of our presence. Or was it the strong gusts they were trying to counteract, which made them look like they were dancing in the sky?

In any event it was a beautiful, poetic experience that probably won't be repeated again anytime soon.

Hanging out in the afternoon sun in the Tai Po Waterfront Park
YTSL said the butterflies assumed the warm weather was back, but this morning they would cruelly wake up to dark clouds and thunderstorms.

I'm just thrilled we had a chance to be with so many butterflies!






7 comments:

  1. Hi there --

    "Some had sky blue wings, others mostly orange with a big white dot on each side; the former had black bodies covered in white spots."

    The orange butterflies have black bodies covered in white spots too. See here:-
    http://webs-of-significance.blogspot.hk/2012/10/critter-spottings-in-vicinity-of-mui.html

    Actually, I wonder if the butterflies woke up yesterday or whether they just hibernated... ;)

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  2. Thanks for the clarification! Did you spot any more that bore a resemblance to Quentin Tarantino?

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  4. Am afraid I didn't manage to get up as close enough to check for resemblances... but hey, no mention either of the writing on one of the butterflies in the third photo from the top? ;b

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  5. Right! Did you have a picture of one before that had writing on its wing too?

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  6. To answer your question: actually, no! :b

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  7. Oh! I thought you did before... when you took the pic of the Quentin Tarantino-esque butterfly...

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