幻紫斑蛺蝶 (Great Eggfly)

The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), also called Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand or Common Eggfly, is a species of nymphalid butterfly.

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Photo taken at Beacon Hill Summit (筆架山山峰), Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

It is a black-bodied butterfly in white dots with a wingspan of about 7–8½ cm. The underside of the wings is in brown with obvious white speckles at the end of their hindwings.

Five-dot Sergeant (殘鍔線蛺蝶)

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Photo taken at Eagle's Nest Nature Trail (鷹巢山自然教育徑), Tai Po Road, Hong Kong

Animal Group: Butterfly
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Scientific Name: Parathyma sulpitia
Other Name: Limenitis sulpitia sulpitia
Common Name: Five-dot Sergeant
The birds-of-paradise are members of the family Paradisaeidae of the order Passeriformes. The majority of species in this family are found on the island of New Guinea and its satellites, with a few species occurring in the Moluccas of Indonesia and eastern Australia.

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Photo Credit: Van Cleef & Arpels-EAB Press & Image

A bird layered in sapphires, paved with yellow sapphires and mandarin garnets, posing on a branch in white gold with calibrated emeralds in channel setting.

In a pendant, a 3.21 carat pear cut sapphire, originating from Madagascar and an orange coloured 4.74 carat pear cut sapphire originating from Ceylon.


Like a mid-summer night's dream, the heavenly rainbow of colors has enchanted the precious stones to be the loveliest attire for ladies. This brooch is the fruit of the new Van Cleef & Arpels Collection, the "Birds of Paradise".

Common Mormon (玉帶鳳蝶)

The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly. The female of the Common Mormon is polymorphic.

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Butterfly in black and white with red markings
Photo taken at Eagle's Nest Nature Trail (鷹巢山自然教育徑), Tai Po Road, Hong Kong


It is fond of visiting flowers. Its long proboscis permits it to feed from flowers having long corollar tubes.

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Because of the different forms of the females, the common name is an allusion to the polygamy formerly practiced by members of the Mormon sect according to Harish Gaonkar, of the Natural History Museum in London.

Data Source: Wikipedia

Red Bird of Paradise (洋金鳳 / 金鳳花)

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Red Bird of Paradise / Peacock Flower (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) is a striking ornamental plant, widely grown in tropical gardens.

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It is also the national flower of the Caribbean island of Barbados, and is depicted on the Queen's personal Barbadian flag.

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The Queen's Personal Barbadian Flag (Data Source / Source of Flag: Wikipedia)

The Queen's Personal Barbadian Flag, sometimes known as the Royal Standard of Barbados, is the personal flag of Queen Elizabeth II in her role as Queen of Barbados. The flag was approved for use in the 1970s and is only used by the Queen when she is in Barbados, or attending an event abroad in her role as head of state of Barbados.


Flowers of Red Bird of Paradise live up to incredibly showy blossoms of orange and red. The flowers are bowl-shaped, 2-3" across, with five crinkled, unequal red and orange petals, and ten prominent bright red stamens that extend way beyond the corolla.

Data Source: Floridata
Blood-red Melastoma (Melastoma sanguineum) is a common native shrub that looks similar to Common Melastoma (野牡丹), but the former has longer and sharper leaves.

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Flower in Purple / Violet with 7 Petals
Photo taken at Eagle's Nest Nature Trail (鷹巢山自然教育徑), Tai Po Road, Hong Kong


It is more adapted to the shaded woodland environment, while Common Melastoma prefers sunny locations.

Common Hedge Blue (鈕灰蝶)

The Common Hedge Blue (Acytolepis puspa) is a small butterfly that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.

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Photo taken at Eagle's Nest Nature Trail (鷹巢山自然教育徑), Tai Po Road, Hong Kong

The butterfly was earlier known as Lycaenopsis puspa (Toxopeus). It is the type species for the genus.

Man Mo Temple, Tai Po (文武廟)

A Man Mo Temple or Man Mo Miu (文武廟) is a temple for the worship of the civil or literature god Man Tai (文帝) / Man Cheong (文昌) and the martial god Mo Tai (武帝) / Kwan Tai (關帝).

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The two gods were popularly patronized by scholars and students seeking progress in their study or ranking in the civil examinations in the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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To mark the founding of Tai Wo Shi (太和市), now commonly known as Tai Po Market, the Man Mo Temple located in Fu Shin Street, Tai Po, was built about 100 years ago.

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Incense (Latin: incendere, "to burn") is composed of aromatic biotic materials, which release fragrant smoke when burned, and it is used in religious ceremonies, ritual purification, aromatherapy, meditation, for creating a mood, masking bad odours, and in medicine. The use of incense may have originated in Ancient Egypt, where the gums and resins of aromatic trees were imported from the Arabian and Somali coasts to be used in religious ceremonies.

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The Man Mo Temple at Tai Po has been listed as a declared monument of Hong Kong.

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Data Source: LCSD; Wikipedia 1; Wikipedia 2

Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Jal Mahal (meaning "Water Palace") is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, India.

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It was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799.

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Later, the palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.

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This palace is famous for its intricate architecture and the Rajputana design imbibed into the construction of the building.

Animated Optical Illusions



Star Flowers In Pink

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Scientific Name: Pentas Lanceolata
Family: Rubiaceae
Common names: Egyptian Star Cluster, Star flower
Features: Star-like (not Trumpt-like) flowers with 5 petals; Dark green, lance-shaped, and deeply veined leaves

Flowering Season: Throughout the year

Colour: Pink, White, Magenta, Red, Lavender, Salmon, Purple

P.S.: This is neither Charming Centaury (Centaurium venustum) nor Scarlet Gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata)

Pied Skimmer (玉帶蜻蜓)

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Location: Tsim Shan (尖山)

Pied Skimmer (Pseudothemis zonata) is a black medium-sized dragonfly. Part of its abdomen is white in males but yellowish white in females. Their abdomens seem to be taped with white or creamy white ribbons.
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