Food Plant Walk

The Food Plant Walk is a twenty minute long guided wall around our grounds that educates our customers on our various food plants and how they are used in laboratory to feed our caterpillars.
This new experience is included in your admission. Ask our staff for times when you arrive.

Please note: This guided walk has uneven paths and is unsuitable for prams, wheelchairs and walking aids. Flat enclosed shoes are recommended. Children must be supervised. Participants must follow the guide’s instructions at all times.

Host Plants

We have approximately 3 acres of land on site that we use to grow host food plants to feed our caterpillars. The plants we grow are specific to various species as listed in the table below.

 SpeciesPlants 
 Ulysses caterpillars Melicope elleryana trees
 Cairns Birdwing caterpillars Aristolochia tagala vines
 Orchard caterpillars Citrus, such as lemon and grapefruit trees
 Common eggfly caterpillars Asystasia  plants
 Cruiser, Orange Lacewing and Red Lacewing caterpillars Foetidia and Adenia heterophylla
 Australian Lurcher caterpillars Hemigraphis
 Silkmoth caterpillars Mulberry trees
 Hercules moth caterpillars Bleeding Heart and Glochidion trees

We are also in the process of introducing some more ‘seasonal’ species, so we are planting more host plants to feed these hungry caterpillars as well.

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