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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


Imagine a world without honey bees

What would the world look like if there were no honey bees? I got the answer from a television programme called Silence of the Bees.

The fact is that it may happen very soon if we do not take any action to prevent honey bees from being completely wiped out.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

A quiz to keep you busy as a bee

Buzzing around

Find the meaning of these phrases involving bees

1 a spelling bee

a. a large wooden structure where swarms of bees make their home

b. a competition in which contestants are asked to spell difficult words

2 to make a bee line for

a. to fly in a straight line

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The Wisdom of Bees

The Wisdom of Bees by Michael O'Malley Portfolio, HK$130

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Rooftop colony

Travelling through the countryside of Sweden, product designer Michael Leung was intrigued by the site of two burgundy beehives on a snow-covered hill. He chatted with the bee keepers who gave him his first taste of beekeeping.

28 Jul 2010 - 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

Butterflies desert haven after building starts next door

Butterfly numbers at a reserve in Tai Po have dropped by up to 50 per cent since work began on a housing project nearby, according to a report by wildlife observers.

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Serious stingers

Poisonous weapons

Animals have all sorts of different weapons. Some have claws, horns and teeth. Others use poison.

Poison arrow frogs have poisonous skins. Cobras and black widow spiders inject venom with their fangs. Stonefish have poisonous spines. Wasps, bees and scorpions are armed with poisonous stings.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Macau musical duo ordered to pay HK$5m for breach of contract

Macau musical duo Dino and Julio Acconci, who call themselves Soler, were yesterday ordered to pay their former management company HK$5 million in damages for breach of contract.

The twin brothers were sued in the Court of First Instance by Hummingbird Music in August 2007, after walking out on the management team in March the same year.

23 Jan 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

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

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


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