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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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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), […]

moth sex pheromones
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Moth Sex Pheromones

Female moths produce a sex pheromone, a different blend of chemicals for each species, which attracts males from a distance. Males detect these chemicals with exquisitely sensitive hair-like structures in the antenna. These hairs contain specialized neurons, nerve cells that express pheromone receptors which are activated when they bind to individual pheromone components. Different species […]