Hong Kong is home to 158 different species of butterflies and 108 species are found in Mui Wo, southeast of Lantau island, a recent research covering nine locations finds.
Among the 108 species found in Mui Wo, 11 are rare and four are extremely rare, according to the research by environmental group Green Power, which held a butterfly festival on Sunday. It also found one new species that is not rated yet, am730 reported Monday.
Matthew Sin, senior environmental affairs manager at Green Power, said the variety of butterflies at one place can reflect the diversity and value of the local ecology. He hoped butterfly data collected in Lantau can become an important reference for current discussion over the development of the island.
The Hong Kong government is planning to open all roads in Lantau to people from outside the island.
Sin said he is against the idea because ecology in places like Mui Wo would be jeopardized as a result. The nature of the island should be preserved as much as possible as about 70 percent of Lantau is affected by development.
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