Butterflies are a diverse group of insects containing at least 17,500 different species. Among them, 1300 species can be found in China and 235 species in Hong Kong. In urban parks of Hong Kong, a total of 48 species of butterflies can be found. They are Skippers, Swallowtails, Whites and Yellows, Blues, Nymphs and Browns.
Butterflies are aesthetically pleasing and few species cause any damage to commercial plants. Butterflies contribute to thriving ecosystems and can indicate the state of an ecosystem’s health.
Why butterflies are important to us? We can explain in different angles:
- Aesthetic value
- Educational value
- Scientific value
- Ecosystem value
- Health value
- Economic value