That’s what I was invited to do today. I arrived at LNEC almost 90 minutes before its official opening time but the car park barrier was open so I went in. No sooner did I do so than the heavens opened and I had to take cover. That set the tone for the morning. Photos, run, shelter, photos, run, shelter.
On one of the breaks I was sitting under cover when two park employees joined me. I was checking some images and the man showed interest, leaning over to look. We chatted for a while, such as we could with my limited Cantonese and then the rain stopped. We all went out again and immediately the man called me over. He showed me this little gem:
And what a beauty Sagra femorata is. According to Insecta Hongkongica it is rare. However many of the rarities in IH are definitely not. I suspect they fall into the category under-recorded. This is a male, evidenced by the 2 hooks on the leg, just visible. Note that he has some nice yellow trimmings to his claws at the end of his tarsus. One antenna is damaged. The colour is genuine – no need for Photoshop or Grecian 2000 here. Stunning purple elytra.
I contemplated moving the leaves in the foreground, partially masking the rear right section. I decided not to do so for two reasons. One, I try to keep my images as ‘pure’ as possible and two, he might have flown. I suppose with this shot in the bag I could have tried but why disturb him? He was hidden below another leaf so I am not sure how the AFCD man found him. I struggled to get this angle but I was satisfied. There is always another day.