7 Ways You Can Help Butterflies and Moths

When butterflies and moths flourish, so do most birds, bats and freshwater fishes. As pollinators (day and night!), they help plant life as well. They recycle waste material too, by eating rotten flesh and vegetation. Did you know that some species – for example, the Ulysses butterfly – have been in decline over the last […]

5 Awesome Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Photos To Copy

toddler in front of ulysses butterfly wings at australian butterfly sanctuary

There is something so beautiful and intricate about butterflies. With colourful, detailed wings and tiny adorable faces, photographing butterflies is a fascinating art for itself. The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary provides a smorgasbord of beautiful photo opportunities. As well as providing a range of colourful tropical butterflies, the aviary itself has some spots that are so […]

Butterflies, lobsters and scorpions


Question: What do butterflies, lobsters and scorpions have in common? Answer: They all wear their skeletons on the outside! This is called an exoskeleton and all creatures that have their structure on the outside are included in the phylum of Arthropods. A large majority of arthropods belong to the three main groups: Insects –  Ants, […]

Friday Fun Fact – Osmeterium


The Osmeterium is a defence mechanism that all Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars have. Swallowtails are the big butterflies like Cairns Birdwings, Orchards and Ulysses. The osmeterium is an organ above the head of the caterpillar in the first body segment. If the caterpillar feels threatened, two bright red or orange horns pop out, as well as […]

Friday Fun Fact – Butterfly Senses

butterfly senses

Ever wondered about butterfly senses? When you come to the visit us at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, try to get a good look at a butterfly’s head. It’s dominated by two large round eyes and two long antennae with club tips. On a big butterfly like the Cairns Birdwing, you will also be able to […]

Butterfly Releases for Weddings

Kuranda Weddings

We’ve talked about having your wedding at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, but did you know we can also help you with butterfly releases for weddings? Releasing butterflies at weddings has become a popular new tradition. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to rice, confetti and balloons … and is a beautiful way to celebrate your union! The butterfly […]

10 Butterfly Houses around the World

We are very proud to announce we’ve been named one of the Top 10 Beautiful Butterfly Houses From Around The World in a recent article by The Culture Trip. We have been listed alongside some incredible places such as The Vienna Schmetterlinghaus, or Imperial Butterfly House (Austria), the Penang Butterfly Farm (Malaysia) and the Butterfly Pavilion (USA). Our […]