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   Victoria Peak
    Site Description

As the highest peak of Hong Kong Island, surrounded by Pok Fu Lam Country Park, Victoria Peak is an ideal place to observe butterflies, particularly the hill-topping species.  The well-wooded forest harbours a variety of butterfly larval food plants which attract a diverse assemblage of butterflies such as Yellow Orange Tip (Ixias pyrene), Short-banded Sailer (Phaedyma columella), Chinese Peacock (Papilio bianor) and White-edged Blue Baron (Euthalia phemius).

    Site Protection

The site is surrounded by Pok Fu Lam Country Park.


City Bus:

15       Central (Pier 5) - The Peak

15B     Tin Hau Railway Station - The Peak
(Special Route during public holidays)

Disembark at the Peak bus terminal and walk along the Lugard Road.

Green Minibus:
1         Central (Hong Kong Railway Station Public Transport Interchange) - The Peak (Public Transport Terminus)

Disembark at the Peak and walk along the Lugard Road.

Peak Tram:

Central (Garden road) - The Peak

Disembark at the Peak and walk along the Lugard Road.

    Survey method

The Pollard transect count method was adopted.  At each locality a fixed transect, typically of between 1 to 4 km in length, was walked.  Butterflies observed either in flight or settled on vegetation within 5m on either side of the observers were recorded.  There was no restriction on the recording distance in front of the observers, or on the height at which the butterflies could be recorded.  Information recorded included species, abundance, sex (if possible) and the habitat types where each species was seen.  The butterfly surveys were undertaken between March and November, which covers the flight period of most local species.  The transects were walked between 09:30 and 16:30 on rainless days, when the temperature was generally high enough for butterflies to become active.  Other variables recorded included time, weather and cloud cover, as well as the presence of butterfly eggs, larvae or pupae, and special behaviour such as courtship, mating and hill-topping.

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