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Lepidoptera

iPhone app turns butterfly fans into instant experts

Butterfly watchers, take note. A new iPhone app launched jointly yesterday by local environmental group Green Power and Shell Nature Watch will help you identify different species with a snap and a few taps.

Monday, 23 July, 2012, 12:00am

Surge in number of butterflies this winter

Butterfly numbers at the city's leading habitat bounced back this winter after hitting record lows in the previous two years, but environmentalists say global warming may be causing the migratory creatures to stay for shorter periods.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Appreciation of nature led Loletta Chu to help charity

Her married name might have changed, but former Miss Hong Kong Loletta Chu Ling-ling still has the same charitable heart. A divorce from sports supremo Timothy Fok Tsun-ting was followed by remarriage, to businessman Vincent Lo Hong-shui of the Shui On Development Group.

29 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

20pc drop in number of butterfly species as Tai Po housing projects destroy habitat

A Tai Po village that is also a butterfly haven has seen species numbers drop by 20 per cent over the past five years because its woodland is being developed for houses, a green group says.

According to Green Power's survey, which was released yesterday, the number of species recorded in She Shan village last year was 51, compared with 63 in 2004.

11 May 2009 - 12:00am

Give others a fair chance

Fairness is an important concept. We are taught to treat things and people the same. There are adverts and classes that spread the message of equality.

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Developer urged to clarify butterfly zone 'intrusion'

Pressure is mounting on a developer to clarify if a proposed residential project in the New Territories would intrude into a buffer zone set up to protect a butterfly haven nearby.

2 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Housing project 'poses threat to butterfly haven'

Greens concerned over proposal for Tai Po complex

A proposed residential development of eight blocks and more than 200 houses only 50 metres from a butterfly haven in Tai Po is likely to threaten the insects, and the Town Planning Board should look at the plan with care, environmentalists say.

4 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

If Disneyland ever goes under, at least we will have a ready-made public park

Hong Kong Disneyland has large expanses of space full of flora that are woefully underused by visitors. Presumably they are there for the troubled theme park's fabled future expansion, which is now very much in doubt. Both Disney and government officials are still debating whether or not to put in more money and build more rides. One can appreciate their reluctance.

31 May 2008 - 12:00am

Enchanted forest

Next to the entrance to Aberdeen Country Park is a small path designed specifically to foster young visitors' knowledge about the natural park.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Caterpillars close Sha Tin pool

A public swimming pool was temporarily closed yesterday because of an infestation of caterpillars in the surrounding trees and on poolside tiles. A spokeswoman from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department confirmed that Hin Tin Swimming Pool in Sha Tin was shut down so the thousands of caterpillars, from the giant silkworm moth, could be removed.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Plague of moths has upside for those with taste for the exotic

Sydney

They are small, brown and hairy, but the millions of bogong moths that are plaguing Sydney are being hailed by some Australians as tasty treats rather than annoying pests.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

An artistic dance and drama piece about social isolation?

The Butterfly Lovers it ain't, despite featuring two attractive pairs of dancers in revealing costumes.

Rather, the new dance and drama piece, the Butterfly Effect, by DanceArt Hong Kong, refers to a popular myth from chaos theory that the flip of a butterfly wing from one side of the Earth can cause a hurricane at the other side.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Butterflies

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Swallowtails are large butterflies

Use these words: patterns, flowers, black

Most butterfly wings have simple colour 1. _____________ . Wing tails on their hind wings are always

2. ________________ . Their flying speed is high and they like visiting 3. _________________ for nectar.

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26 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Alien invaders threaten new woodlands

Plagues of exotic pests are likely to devour more trees this year, helped by warmer weather and human activity, according to mainland forestry sources.

5 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Explore world of butterflies and win overseas field trip

YOU are invited to join a fun and educational programme which will not only teach you all you ever wanted to know about butterflies, but will also give you a chance to go on an overseas field trip.

The Butterfly Explorer programme, organised by Green Power and sponsored by Shell, has been running for three years. It is aimed at raising young people's interest in nature.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

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