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The Butterflies of Hong Kong
Mike Bascombe, Gweneth Johnston, & Frieda Bascombe

Hardcover | 1999 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780120802906

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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 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

Review:

"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."--J.B. Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Quarterly Review of Biology

"The book provides a detailed ecological and biogeographic discussion of Hong Kong and the surrounding area of southern China; description of the butterfly fauna and habitats; and a superbly illustrated and detailed biology of butterflies . . . one of the most comprehensive this reviewer has ever seen. The bulk of the text covers species accounts including detailed description, range, status in south China, habitats, and behavior. Immature stages are described in excellent detail. High-quality line drawings and photomicrographs illustrate particular features useful for identification of closely related species. Most spectacular are the 137 color plates of eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalids, with the entire life cycle illustrated for many species. In addition to being beautifully laid out, it is obvious that a great deal of thought went into the planning of the book and its contents. A model for regional faunal works."--Choice

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Table of Contents:

Introduction and Acknowledgements
Preliminary Chapters: Hong Kong
Butterflies in Hong Kong
The Life Cycle
Classification and Nomenclature
The Species: Family Hesperiidae
Family Papilionidae
Family Pieridae
Family Lycaenidae
Family Nymphalidae
Appendices
References
Index to Butterflies
General Index

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