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Do butterflies have a brain?

Our butterfly guide, Robin, has often been asked “do butterflies have a brain?” This is a very good illustration on the internal organs … and what do you know, they do have a brain! Insect anatomy scheme A– Head B– Thorax C– Abdomen antenna ocelli (lower) ocelli (upper) compound eye brain (cerebral ganglia) prothorax dorsal artery […]

orange migrant caterpillars
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Orange Migrant Caterpillars

Here in the sanctuary, we have around 70 Orange Migrant caterpillars that should pupate in the next week.  2 to 3 weeks after pupation, they will emerge … just before Christmas! Merry Christmas to us!  Source: Caterpillar photos: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Butterfly photo: http://butterflycircle.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/life-history-of-orange-emigrant.html

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New Aviary sign

We’ve had so many new butterflies in the aviary recently, we needed to make a new aviary sign! Keep an eye out for it next time you visit – it will help you identify some of our new species that are flying around the aviary. Remember, some of our butterflies are seasonal so you may […]

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Euodia Seedlings at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

As you may have heard, the numbers of wild Ulysses Butterflies have dropped significantly in the last 12 months, and there has been a complete loss of the species in butterfly exhibits around the country, including our sanctuary. As you can imagine, this has prompted concern for the ongoing survival of the species. However, there is […]

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Caterpillars as food?!

I have often joked that if food gets scarce, we may have to resort to eating caterpillars and now there are serious scientists saying the same thing! Eating insects may not seem appetizing, but John Coupland, PhD, CFS, Professor of Food Science at Penn State University and spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), […]

butterfly courtship
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Ulysses Butterfly Decline

As you may have heard, we’re currently experiencing a complete loss of Ulysses Butterflies in our sanctuary and a significant decline in numbers in the wild. You can read more about it here. We wanted to share a bit more information with you about the situation, including what we have been doing to date. What’s […]

caper white butterfly migration
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Caper White Butterfly Migration

The Caper White Butterfly migration is on again! Every 6 to 10 years, South East Queensland and Brisbane have a huge influx of Caper White butterflies. They migrate east, over the Great Dividing Range looking for food plant to lay their eggs. There is no simple answer as to why this happens. It could be […]