The Butterflies of Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has a marvelously rich and diverse butterfly fauna, all contained within a relatively small area which can be seen and enjoyed within a few days outing from the central city area. An important part of the southern Chinese region, it is home to a significant proportion of the butterfly species of that part of the world. Two-hundred nineteen butterfly species in five families and 17 subfamilies have been recorded and all are described in this encyclopedic reference. A complete and up-to-date handbook on ...

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Overview

Hong Kong has a marvelously rich and diverse butterfly fauna, all contained within a relatively small area which can be seen and enjoyed within a few days outing from the central city area. An important part of the southern Chinese region, it is home to a significant proportion of the butterfly species of that part of the world. Two-hundred nineteen butterfly species in five families and 17 subfamilies have been recorded and all are described in this encyclopedic reference. A complete and up-to-date handbook on the identification, systematics, biology and ecology of the butterflies found in Hong Kong, this authoritative book includes keys, full color plates and line drawings identifying males and females, as well as eggs and papae. Throughout the book the emphasis is on the study of live animals, rather than collecting for its own sake. The authors are strong advocates for developing our understanding of butterflies in the field and the growth of our knowledge of their biology, ecology, and conservation.

Key Features:

  • Complete and up-to-date handbook of Hong Kong's 219 butterfly species
  • Covers identification, systematics, biology and ecology
  • Includes color plates and line drawings identifying males and females, as well as eggs and papae
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Editorial Reviews

Deutsch Entomologisthe Zeitschnft
I was happy to see this book. The general informations are more than great and I can seriously recommend these for class use at the university and reference work for the "mature" scientist and anyone interested in butterflies and nature in general. ...May insect conservation benefit from volumes like this. Go, get it!
J.B. Heppner
In the 99 years the British occupied Hong Kong, several books were completed on the butterflies of Hong Kong...clearly, the current book is the finest and most complete in this long tradition; indeed, it is unquestionably the most thorough treatment for any area of Southeast Asia. The authors have put together a remarkable encyclopedia of what is known for the 219 species occurring in Hong Kong. —Quarterly Review of Biology
Porcupine Newsletter of the Department of Ecology and Biodiversity
This masterly work has been a very long time in coming. ...has been brought meticulously up-to-date. ...Throughout, one cannot fail to be impressed by the detail, technical scope, and sheer depth of information provided.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120802906
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/1999
  • Series: Natural World Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.33 (h) x 1.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Hong Kong 3
Ch. 2 Butterflies in Hong Kong 13
Ch. 3 The Life Cycle 19
Ch. 4 Classification and Nomenclature 65
Ch. 5 Family HESPERIIDAE 73
Ch. 6 Family PAPILIONIDAE 137
Ch. 7 Family PIERIDAE 167
Ch. 8 Family LYCAENIDAE 195
Ch. 9 Family NYMPHALIDAE 267
App. I Check list and arrangement of the species 379
App. II Miscellaneous species 383
App. III Adult food sources and other attractants in Hong Kong 385
App. IV A list of known parasitoids in Hong Kong 393
App. V Rearing and recording immature stages in Hong Kong 397
App. VI A small selection of useful books and addresses 401
References 403
Index to butterflies 411
Index to technical terms 420
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