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Walking Home With Japanese Strawberries
Walking Home With Japanese Strawberries
People: Claira, Helen, Nara

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Nara On Big Track
Nara On Big Track
People: Nara

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Nara Bike Dwarfed By Highrises
Nara Bike Dwarfed By Highrises
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Girls At Playground
Girls At Playground
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Lemon Pansy Upperside
Lemon Pansy Upperside
Species: Junonia lemonias (lemon pansy)

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Straight Five-Ring Dry Season
Another species that has similar looking species living in the same place.
Species: Ypthima lisandra (Straight Five-ring)

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Asian Common Toad
Oh, saucy! This wasn't a large pond, but I'm sure it's big enough for this pair.
Species: Duttaphrynus melanostictus (Asian common toad)

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Purple Sapphire
These are small butterflies, but this particular one was very patient with me being close by. It has a beautiful purple dorsal side, but it didn't show it to me.
Species: Heliophorus epicles (purple sapphire)

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Common Tiger
I saw four different kinds of "Tigers" today - characterized by the dark black stripes on either a light or orange background.
Species: Danaus genutia (common tiger)

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Crowd To Photograph Coral Tree
Crowd To Photograph Coral Tree
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Three-Spot Grass Yellow
Sometimes I took a dozen photos of an individual before it flew. This butterfly I have only a single photo of - and it was gone.
Species: Eurema blanda (three-spot grass yellow)

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Plain Tiger
I think there are dark spots on the hind wings here, but the hind wings are hidden.
Species: Danaus chrysippus (plain tiger)

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Lemon Pansy Underside
It's amazing to me how different the underside (ventral view, looking at the animals belly) is from the topside (dorsal, the animals back) of this species. I initially thought this was two species until I reviewed the photos and found I had a series of photos of the butterfly flapping it's wings.
Species: Junonia lemonias (lemon pansy)

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Common Jester
The little spikes at the bottom on this individual makes it easier to identify as a Common Jester. This colour pattern is quite common and there is quite a bit of variation in the pattern within each species.
Species: Symbrenthia lilaea (common jester)

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Crimson Marsh Glider, Female
BC Dragonflies don't have a lot of sexual dimorphism that I have seen - sometimes one is 10% larger and the tail tip area is sometimes different, but otherwise similar. Crimson Marsh Gliders are quite different colours - Crimson (red) for the males, this brownish orange for the females.
Species: Trithemis aurora (crimson marsh glider)

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Common Tailorbird
This bird is quite a bit higher than me in the tree. The nifty features (red top, green back) and sadly mostly out of view. There were several of these birds in this stand of coral tree but they move quickly.
Species: Orthotomus sutorius (Common tailorbird)

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Red Flanked Bluetail In Forest
These birds are wintering in Hong Kong. Some years see many, some years few. The other photographer there said this has been a poor year - few birds present in Hong Kong. This particular one is reliable - it stays in the same stand of trees every morning.
Species: Tarsiger cyanurus (Red-flanked bluetail)

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Common Five Ring Dry Season
I didn't know this existed with butterflies - the butterflies that emerge in the dry season have a different number of spots than the ones that come out in the wet season (July here). The wet season version would have three rings on the bottom wing instead of two seen here.
Species: Ypthima baldus (common fivering)

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Glassy Tiger On Billygoat Weed
There are a variety of butterflies that look pretty similar. Thankfully I have a book of local butterflies which makes it easier to figure out which of the similar types this is.

The butterfly is feeding on a weed introduced from the new world. The weed contaminates feed (it is poisonous) and spreads real well.

Species: Ageratum conyzoides (billygoat-weed), Parantica aglea (glassy tiger)

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Large Faun Licking Leaf
This was the first of many butterflies I saw on this day. I'm used to hikes where seeing a single butterfly on the ground is a good day - I had no idea I would see so many different species in a single day.

David pointed out the bright blue eyes which contrast with the overall brown shades.

Species: Faunis eumeus (large faun)

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