Hong Kong Lepidopterists' Society Events & Activities

Brief report on the Field Trip to Nan Ling National Reserve,
Guangdong, China (May 21st to May 24th 1999)

by Gable Wang
photos by James Young

May 21st
Neptis ananta             James Young & Gable Wang arrived at Ru Yang, the town at the foot of the Nanling National Reserve on a cloudy afternoon / some showery periods with the temperature at 23°C to 26°C - we only took a short trip to the 'Plant Specimen Garden' at the back of our hostel. Pieris canidia, Pieris rapae, Enispe lunatum, Euthalia thibetana, Libythea celtis, Zemeros flegyas, Papilio memnon, Neptis ananta, Damora sagana and a lot of Celastrina argiola were spotted.

                                                                                                                                                           Neptis ananta

unidentified NeptiniMay 22nd
            Weather sunny in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon / some showery periods with the temperature around 24°C to 29°C - we wandered along the path leading to the tin mine at the back of our hostel - some Papilio memnon, Papilio helenus, Athyma ranga, Lethe verma, Polygonia c-album, Acraea issoria, Libythea celtis, Pieris canidia, Pieris rapae, Curetis acuta and two unidentified Capila species were seen.

            Unidentified Neptini

May 23rd
Yamamotozephyrus kwangtungensis            Weather cloudy in the morning, again some showers in the afternoon, temperature 24°C to 28°C, we went up to the Reserve office at 1100m to have lunch and walked all the way down to our hostel at Ru Yang at 500m below. We saw many beautiful butterflies including Yamamotozephyrus kwangtungensis flying around some Carpinus, Chilasa epycides, Papilio memnon, Lethe verma, Acraea issoria, Curetis acuta, Pieris canidia, Pieris rapae, Eurema blanda, Argyreus hyperbius, Spindasis syama and Troides aeacus.

                                                                                                                                      Yamamotozephyrus kwangtungensis

May 24th
            Weather, overcast, with heavy rain, temperature 22° to 24°C, We felt that there was no point in staying longer as we were totally disappointed with the bad weather. We started our way back to Hong Kong early in the morning.


Acraea issoria Neptis philra
Acraea issoria (left), Neptis philra (right)