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3 Incredible Butterfly Migrations

Butterflies may be small, but butterfly migrations see them taking pretty huge journeys! From iconic Monarch butterflies, to the Australian Caper Whites, here’s 3 incredible butterfly migrations that beat all odds of nature.  Monarch Butterfly Migration (Photo Source: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/10/monarch-butterfly-migration/) Migrating from: Northeastern USA and Canada to South-West Mexico Length of migration: 3,000 miles How often does […]

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Stunning Blue Butterflies From Around The World

Blue is the rarest occurring colour in nature, with no true blue pigments in plants. In some ways, blue butterflies are natures way of completing the colour spectrum. From South American wonders to local Tropical icons, here’s some stunning blue butterflies from around the world… Australia: Blue Banded Eggfly (Hypolimnas Alimena) The Blue Banded Eggfly […]

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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 […]

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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