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The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located in the heart of Kuranda, only a short walk from Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Railway station, our sanctuary is home to over 2000 butterflies from a variety of species.

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We found these caterpillars free range in the Aviary, eating the leaves of the Pentas plants. They are not a species we are familiar with but after some searching on the internet we think they are Spodoptera litura from the family Noctuoidae moths

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We have a couple of 4 o'clock moths on display in the new Grass yellow enclosure. They are day flying moths, often seen flying around 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

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Julie HandWhat a striking colour. I shall keep a look out around 4:00 pm and see if I can spot any. Do they prefer any particular area?

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Callie BlackThey look like bees 😀

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Alex GonçalvesVery beautiful, this moth.

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Michelle SommervilleBeautiful

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Caterpillars have 12 eyes and as many as 2500+ muscles as compared to 629 muscles in humans. They have three pairs of jointed legs with hooks and five pairs of stumpy prolegs.

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Julie HandThat's very interesting... Beautiful Monarch caterpillar 😃

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Where did the Monarch butterfly get its name?
Early settlers to North America from Holland and England named the butterfly "Monarch," after King William, Prince of Orange, of Holland, who later became King of England. The monarchs' colour suggested the name.

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Julie HandThat's great info, thank you so much 👍

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Julie HandTina Good Colin Pomery

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“Finding the oldest fossils of Butterflies using a Human nose hair.” is the very eye catching title of a news article in the New York Times this month.
Scientists have uncovered wing scales belonging to ancient members of the insect order Lepidoptera, which include butterflies and moths. These scales have been carbon dated at approximately 200 million years old, which is 10 million years older than previous evidence.
For more reading about the nose hair, go to www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/science/fossils-butterflies-moths.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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