Friday Fun Fact – Blue Tiger Butterfly

Blue Tiger Butterfly

A new species we are introducing over the coming weeks is the Blue Tiger Butterfly –Tirumala Hamata.

The butterflies of this group (subfamily Danianae) are the longest lived of all species. They feed mostly on toxic plants, fly slowly and spend long periods resting in sheltered areas during winter.

Their pupa is fresh green and shiny with some golden spots.

Blue Tiger Butterflies can sometimes migrate from North Queensland to Brisbane, and have been reported to migrate north every end of March and April, with clouds of them flying right along the coastline from Caloundra to Noosa.

They will add beauty and variety to our species at the Butterfly Sanctuary and we are very excited to welcome them!

Credit for photo and info from http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_nymphs/BlueTiger.htm

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