Report of trip to 秦嶺 on July 2011

Day 5 (4thJuly)

We tried to go up to the highest point. The weather was too bad to continue. After a short stay, we went to the Panda Reserve. We were not allowed to go inside. The new rule is that we have to apply in advance. We went to a footpath again and saw a lot of species. We were reluctant to leave early because we had a dinner appointment back in 漢中. We were treated as guest by the local scientific members and had a typical local delicacy dinner.
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Ampittia virgata

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Aporia largeleaui

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Aporia potanini

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無斑絹粉蝶

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Callarge sagitta

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Hestina mena

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Argynnis paphia (u)

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Argynnis paphia male

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Argynnis paphia female

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Argyronome ruslana

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? Chrysozephyrus sp. (u)

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? Chrysozephyrus sp.

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Colias erate (u)

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Colias erate

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Celastrina argiola (u)

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Celastrina argiola female

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Cordelia Minerva by Kelvin

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Nymphalis xanthomelas

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Papilio machaon

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Papilio machaon (u)

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Lethe cyrene

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Lethe cyrene (u)

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Lethe jalaurida

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Palaeonympha opalina

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Taunga tibelana (u) by Andy

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Taunga tibelana

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Limenitis ciocolatina by Allen

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Nephatgynnis anadyomene

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Lobocla bifasciata (u)

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Lobocla bifasciata

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Melanargia meridionalis (u)

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Melanargia meridionalis

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Patsuia sinensis

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Patsuia sinensis (u)

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Scolitantides orion

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Scolitantides orion (u)

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Seokia pratti

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Seokia pratti (u)

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Ochlodes crataeis

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Ypthima perfecta

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Mimathyma schrenekii

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Mimathyma schrenekii (u)

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Euthalia thibetana

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Euthalia thibetana (u)

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Thoressa submacula by Andy

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Neptis cydippe

Day 6 (5thJuly)

It was raining like cats and dogs since last night. Our original destination was 留垻We had no choice but to go to 朱睘鳥自然保護區, it is an endanger species and protected by law. There was no hope of the weather turning better and we went to 觀音廟 in the afternoon. According to 老師, this is a good place for butterfly if it is not raining. We still managed to get a few, but all our equipments were soaked.
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Ninguta schrenkii

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Celaenorrhinus masculosus

Day 7 (6thJuly)

We returned as scheduled with the best result of all the 2011 fieldtrips so far.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank 許家珠老師及所有單位之領導 for their hospitality and their excellent arrangement. We are certain we will go again in the future.

After we bought the book 秦嶺眉山蝴蝶圖記 written by 許家珠老師 et al., we are fascinated by the content. We tried to contact him and get a prompt reply. He said the best season is June to August, so we booked our air tickets and let him decided the rest for us. He is the best host we ever met. He gave us a very good arrangement. Though the weather was disappointing, we still managed to get a lot of photos. Many thanks to許家珠老師 and we are sure we will go again in the future.

Day 1 (30th June)

We departed from 深圳 and arrived 西安 in the afternoon. We took a bus and went to 漢中 where 許家珠老師 was already waiting for us for half an hour. We felt very embarrassed and hurried to the small van 老師 had booked for us in advance. After we settled in the hotel, we hurried to a near-by restaurant to have dinner. Most of the restaurant closes early in that area, folks over there tends to eat early and that cut short most of our fieldtrip time; a fact that we should remember if we go there in the future.

Day 2 (1stJuly)

We had breakfast in our hotel and started off early. The weather was not good. We went to 米倉山. We had to pay entrance fee. We crossed 秦關 and actually went into 四川 leaving 陝西 behind, entering 光霧山. We stopped by a few spots and took some photos. We attempted to go to the peak, but the weather was really bad and had to settle to go along a wooden pathway half way up the mountain. It was actually quite high already, around 1800 meter. When we arrived a platform, the sun suddenly came out and butterflies emerged from nowhere. That means if the weather is good, there will be a lot of butterflies. We got a few nice Lycaenidae and Satyridae. We check-in our hotel later and had lunch. The weather was much better in the afternoon and we walked around our hotel. We crossed the river to the other side until we reached another road. It was a botanical garden. There should be more, but time was getting late and we had to go back.
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Everes argiades (u)

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Everes argiades

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Lethe trimaculata (u)

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Lethe trimaculata

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Limenitis homeyeri (u)

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Limenttis homeyeri

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Neptis thetis (u)

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Neptis thetis

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Parasarpa albomaculata (u)

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Parasarpa albomaculata

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Takashia nana (u)

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Takashia nana

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Araschnia doris (u)

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Araschnia doris

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Celastrina oreas

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Colias fieldii

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Lethe diana

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Lethe laodomia

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Kirinia epaminondas

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Litinga mimica

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Aporia hippia

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Neptis beroe

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Neptis rivularis

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Neptis sankara

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Papilio arcturus

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Pieris melete

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Pithauria mersena

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Protantigius superans

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Rapala takasagonis

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Saigusaozephyrus ackeryi

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Satyrium sp.

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Strymonidia thalia

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Rapala caerulea

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Pseudozizeeria maha

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Ochlodes ochracea (u)

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Ochlodes ochraces

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Dischorragia nesimachus by Andy

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Vanessa cardui

There were a few others that looked quite similar and a few the same as those we have in Hong Kong. There photos will not be posted. Some species can be seen in other localities too, to make it easier to look at, they will be group into upper and underside in one frame.

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