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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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This one patch of sunlight within our aviary attracted heaps of butterflies! Can you count how many there is? ... See MoreSee Less

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Everyone is familiar with the Monarch or Wanderer Butterfly. Although native to North America, these butterflies are found on every continent on earth. They are most famous for their huge migration from Canada to Mexico. One thing you may not know though, is that no single butterfly can complete the trip. Their wings are simply too fragile. So how did they manage to colonise Australia?

It has been said that the swan plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosa) may have been accidentally introduced as contaminants in regularly traded goods between South Africa and Australia, or deliberately imported for the ‘silk cotton’ contained in the seed pods that was used in hat making. Another idea is that The North American Milkweed (Aslepia curassavica) was brought over by miners during the Australian gold rush (1850’s) in their pillows. The fluffy seed pods were a common filling in pillows and possibly germinated when the pillows were thrown away. #australianbutterflysanctuary
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Fun Fact Friday!

Did you know butterflies drink tears? Butterflies drink nectar from flowers but also need other salts and minerals that they get from muddy puddles, animal faeces, urine, sweat and tears. Tears don’t just have salt they also have protein. In fact, tears have 200 times more protein than the same amount of sweat.
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Fun Fact Friday!

Butterflies and moths drink nectar from flowers and to do so, they have a straw like mouth part called a proboscis. The length of the proboscis varies from species to species and flowers vary in size. Small butterflies and moths will only be able to reach the nectar in smaller flowers, whereas bigger species can drink from larger flowers.

The moth with the longest proboscis of all is Morgan Hawk moth from Madagascar. The proboscis measures 30 cm. There is an Orchid in Madagascar that has a 30 cm long tube from petal to nectar. The Morgan Hawk is the only creature that can pollinate this Orchid.
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary added 2 new photos.

We have just had 4 unidentified butterfly sightings in the aviary - we believe that 3 species are from Germany and 1 is from Chile. ! Can anyone identify them ? They happily flew around with our beautiful butterflies 😀
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RawBird MiguelEspecially the one on the right side... 😂😂

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Tracy BoneWant to go there again, WONDERFUL!!!

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