The last 2 mornings I have risen at 5am to drive to a new site for me. I have been accompanied by the always affable John Holmes. He knows the New Territories better than Lulu knows her way around a dog biscuit shop and that is saying something. John’s remit is to be the bird brain and I am insect brain. An excellent combo if I knew much about insects, but I don’t. The trail we have been walking is not particularly long – about 4 km – and the walk is well described in David Diskin’s excellent book Hong Kong Nature Walks: The New Territories.
Here then is a selection of my images from the last 2 mornings, in no particular order.
Let’s start with some scenery.
In the distance on the next shot you can see HK’s highest peak, Tai Mo Shan (Big Hat Mountain), a monstrous 957m. No sniggering from you chaps with big mountains in your backyard. This is as good as it gets here.
I have learned from Steve Gingold that you have to do waterfalls to be a proper photographer and today I had a go – colour and B&W. Back to insects I think. Don’t give up the day job, Hardacre. The first moth was photographed with the toy camera. This is Cyclosia papilionaris and the bright colours are a warning to birds and other predators that it is not good to eat. In fact these moths contain hydrogen cyanide (HCN) throughout all stages of their life-cycle. One for the mother-in-law perhaps. Oh and the blue one is a female. The species is sexually dimorphic.The next moth is Chaetolopha incurvata. ID courtesy of Dr. Roger Kendrick.
And now its time to meet Bob. Chestnut Bob, Iambrix salsala. Ahoy Skipper!And last of the butterflies, a Dark Evening Brown (I think). The WSF of Melanitis phedima.And to wrap up, two flowers. The first is Adenosma glutinosum and the second is Desmodium heterocarpon. I am deeply indebted to Mercury Wong, whose knowledge of HK flora surpasseth all understanding. He ID’d the second plant and confirmed my stab at the first. And that is it. I have to engage in some work (shock horror) later this week so it will be a swift trip to Singapore and back. Who knows what next week will bring. And as I am working, well….. it might as well rain until September.