Saturday 3 February 2024

What happens to moths and butterflies during very cold weather in Hong Kong?

AJP was up and about early last week after a very cold night (around 6°C at sea level). The butterflies and moths in the hills of the Tai Po Kau forest were lying on the road either recovering or dying from the overnight cold. This Tropical Swallowtail moth, Lyssa zampa, did not make it.

It can be difficult for visitors to imagine Hong Kong being cold if they are there in the summer with temperatures over 30°C and humdity at 90%.

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