Skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

Skippers are small butterflies and can be seen in spring, summer and autumn. The wings are mainly brown in colour. Prefer to fly in shaded areas or become active at dusk. Its larvae feed on a variety of palms.

56 species found in Hong Kong


Swallowtails (Family Papilionidae)

Swallowtails are large size butterflies. Wings are mainly black with simple colour patterns. Wing tails are always found on their hindwings. Flying speed is high. Like visiting flowers for nectar.

23 species found in Hong Kong

Whites and Yellows (Family Pieridae)

Whites and Yellows are medium size butterflies. Wings are mainly white and yellow in colour with black and red markings. Flying speed ranges from medium to high. Like visiting flowers for nectar.

23 species found in Hong Kong

Blues (Family Lycaenidae)

Blues are small butterflies and can be seen all year round. The underwings are mainly gray and the upper wings usually possess large blue-purple patches. Widely distributed in mountains and lowland.

51 species found in Hong Kong

Browns (Family Satyridae)

Browns are small to medium size butterflies. Their wings are mainly brown with distinctive eyespots. Like to fly in shaded areas. Less attracted to flowers and prefer other decaying juice.

19 species found in Hong Kong

Nymphs (Family Nymphalidae)

Nymphs are medium to large size butterflies. Their wing colours and patterns are highly complex and variable with ragged edge. Flying speed is high. Less attracted to flowers and prefer other decaying juice.

52 species found in Hong Kong