Adults are very likely to be unpalatable to vertebrates, due to feeding on Aristolochia as a larva, although they do sometimes fall prey to the golden silk orb-weaver spider. Tropical North Queensland is renowned for its rich diversity, the Wet Tropics, Tablelands and Cape York Peninsula supports 271 species or 68 per cent of the total fauna. Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in Australia – an all-weather experience in the heart of Kuranda. “Butterhiking”, Canada Danaus affinis Everes lacturnus I had more luck at ground level, where a male Bronze Ochre (Trapezites macqueeni) was maintaining a territory. Erina geminus Hypochrysops delicia Hasora khoda We also had a great sighting of a Ulysses Swallowtail (Papilio ulysses) here, it flew around us for some time at head height. Anisynta monticolae Parnara bada Elodina perdita Sep 30, 2013 - The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) is Australia's largest endemic butterfly species, with females reaching a wingspan of up to 16 cm. Pseudodipsas eone Signeta flammeata Nils also had some joy with the Blue Argus (Junonia orithya) butterflies that frequently settled on the path as it began climbing up the hillside. Hypocysta adiante Eventually one landed in a spot where I could see it without moving the plant, so I was able to get a shot. Prosotas felderi There are around 1500 free … Nils and I filled out boots taking photos, and Ross managed to locate a couple of pupae as well, meaning we were able to get shots of all four lifecycle stages on the same day – this is not unusual in Jalmenus species. Be sure to wear your brightest pink or red shirt to attract the butterflies! Vindula arsinoe Hesperiidae, Protographium leosthenes Hypochrysops halyaetus Deudorix smilis Zizula hylax Nacaduba kurava Theclinesthes onycha Psychidae A (Case Moth Caterpillar) Ciliated-blue. Hasora hurama Candalides urumelia Papilio aegeus It appears to be something of a communal band 🙂 . Belenois java (Caper White, Common White Butterfly) Case Moth. Jamides phaseli Riodinidae Nymphalidae Acrodipsas myrmecophila Trapezites waterhousei Arhopala wildei Paralucia aurifera View 584 different butterfly species from around the world! The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is the largest butterfly flight aviary and exhibit in the Southern Hemisphere. The weather had been mostly sunny for the previous two weeks, and as there’d been plenty of rain before that we were hopeful of seeing a lot of butterflies. Toxidia andersoni Butterflying locations The wingspan can be up to 15 cm (5.9 in) in females, and 12.5 cm (4.9 in) in males. Papilio ulysses I’ve seen plenty of these butterflies over the years, but they never wanted to pose for my camera. Cairns birdwings are found southwards from Mount Webb and Cooktown to Mackay in Queensland. Ogyris subterrestris, Jalmenus daemeli Males have a predominantly black upper wing with emerald green flashes, however the female lacks the green colouring, having a plain black upper wing with white patches. Nacaduba berenice Argynnina cyrila [2], Northeastern Australia. Lycaenidae Contact me Neohesperilla xanthomera It took almost 4 hours to get there, including a quick stop to check the same band for Ogyris zosine that we’d checked the previous day with Al. Hypocysta angustata Lampides boeticus Despite the weather and the general lack of butterflies I still count it as a success. Australia’s largest butterfly with females of this species measuring up to 18cm from wing to wing (Zoo, 2004). The sanctuary rears a variety of butterflies, most of which are native to Far North Queensland, including the vibrant Cairns Birdwing Butterfly. Neolucia mathewi Motasingha dirphia Males are usually a few centimeters smaller. You can find the Grey Albatross, seeking out vibrant plant varieties in the wet tropics. Elodina walkeri Hypochrysops piceatus Tagiades japetus The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) is Australia's largest endemic butterfly species, with females reaching a wingspan of up to 16 cm. Appias melania Papillon Butterfly More information Cairns Birdwing Butterfly Troides priamus est une espèce de papillon de la famille des Papilionidae et de la sous-famille des Papilioninae et du genre Troides. Oreixenica correae Hesperiidae, More information Lycaenidae Hasora discolora Arrhenes dschilus Neohesperilla xiphiphora The artworks are abstract representations of famous Far North Queensland butterflies such as the Ulysses and Cairns Birdwing. Heteronympha solandri Taractrocera ina Danaus plexippus Sabera dobboe Hypochrysops miskini Toxidia melania Notocrypta waigensis We didn’t see any narcissus this time either, though Nils did spot a female Copper Jewel (Hypochrysops apelles), who repeatedly settled on one particular mangrove plant, where she walked around and laid the occasional egg.Â, Other than a quick glimpse of a male apelles there was little to see so after a while I left the mangroves, crossed the Highway, and went to investigate a track that ran between a cane field and a forest. Erysichton lineatus There are around 416 species of butterflies and over 22 000 moths in Australia. I was hoping the undergrowth had grown back in the interim, but when I finally found the spot it was still just a wide place in the mountain bike trail and totally devoid of any butterflies. Next stop was Goomboorah Park, which I had visited once before in February 2018. Cyprotides cyprotus Graphium agamemnon, Papilio anactus The colours of most species are pigmentary (via papiliochrome); but two species, Troides magellanus and the much rarer T. prattorum, are noted for their use of limited-view iridescence: the yellow of the dorsal hindwings is modified by bright blue-green iridescence which is only seen when the butterfly is viewed at a narrow, oblique angle. Delias argenthona In previous years I’d seen some very interesting species in this Regional Park, especially in September 2012 when a small clearing along a rainforest track had yielded Coral Jewels (Hypochrysops miskini), Dark Forest-blues (Pseudodipsas eone) and even a Bright Forest-blue (Pseudodipsas cephenes).  A year or two after that time a bulldozer was driven through that track to open it up for mountain-biking, and the clearing was completely trashed. Nymphalidae Ogyris idmo Antipodia chaostola Papilionidae Sony A200 100mm macro lens f/ 2.8 … Telicota anisodesma We decided against going up Specimen Hill itself as the weather wasn’t looking too good and there was a strong possibility of getting caught in a downpour. Motasingha trimaculata Ornithoptera euphorion, Catopsilia pyranthe I think it may now be 312, as my mate Al reckons the little grass darts we saw at the Neohesperilla senta site were Taractrocera anisomorpha 🙂, Your email address will not be published. Appias paulina Oreisplanus munionga Nacaduba biocellata, Danis danis Cairns Birdwing butterfly, Kuranda Explore shirley claassen's photos on Flickr. Acrodipsas aurata Males are usually a few centimeters smaller. Lycaenidae Nils and I first went to Lake Placid in the hope of finding the Sword-tailed Flash (Bindahara phocides), which I’d seen there once in December 2008. Ogyris olane We therefore headed back down, finding conditions a little better down at the bottom. Sahulana scintillata Hasora chromus Home page From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ornithoptera euphorion, the Cairns birdwing, is a species of birdwing butterfly endemic to north-eastern Australia, and is Australia's largest endemic butterfly species. Trapezites heteromacula I had read somewhere that it was a good spot for Narcissus Jewels (Hypochrysops narcissus), though on my only previous visit in August 2007 I saw nothing at all. Our next port of call was a small hill across the road from Specimen Hill just outside Herberton, a well-known butterfly hilltop. Pieridae Graphium macleayanum Cairns Birdwing Butterfly The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) is Australia's largest endemic butterfly species, with females reaching a wingspan of up to 16 cm. This is a species I’ve always struggled with, as they rarely allow me to get anywhere near them. Trapezites symmomus Anisynta tillyardi A quick stop at a small patch of bushland next to the junction of Trinity Beach Road and Captain Cook Highway proved to be well worthwhile. Nov 19, 2013 - Cairns Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera euphorian), Australia’s largest native butterfly species; photographed at Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy exhibit Love butterflies? Picture taken at Butterfly World in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Freyeria putli, Badamia exclamationis Underneath the band we saw a good number of zosine larvae and pupae, attended by an army of Camponotus ants who objected to our presence in a hostile (and very bitey) manner. I didn’t spend long there owing to the superabundance of very hungry mosquitoes, but I didn’t see much in the way of butterflies. Euploea sylvester May 11, 2017 - This species of butterfly is one of the largest in the world. Oreixenica latialis Telicota eurychlora Eurema laeta Danaus petilia Telicota eurotas Pieris rapae, Belenois java We didn’t find any more specimens, but even one senta made for a great ending to the day : species number 310 for my website! Philiris innotata Later that night, with the help of YouTube, I found that it’s a common Canon DSLR problem – the microswitch on the battery compartment door wasn’t recognising that the door was closed. Comfortable shoes; Camera; Hat and water; Share Tweet. To begin with it wasn’t too bad – for once it wasn’t actually raining at Kuranda so we pulled into the hilltop there to see what we might be able to photograph. It was still quite early and the sun hadn’t really broken through the cloud yet, so we soon decided to move on. Candalides xanthospilos This location was also home to a number of Four-barred Swordtails (Protographium leosthenes), most of which were badly damaged and missing one or both their tails. Nymphalidae Ionolyce helicon I would not have had this success without Nils, Al and Ross – thanks so much guys! And so my latest trip to Cairns came to an end. Pasma tasmanica Geitoneura minyas Wrong again! Zizeeria karsandra 3 contributions. On that occasion I had found it to be a good spot for Red-bodied Swallowtails (Pachliopta polydorus) and White Oak-blues (Arhopala wildei), both of which Nils and I were keen to photograph. These other native (i.e., good) species are all listed for some of our butterflies but not for all of them. Jalmenus evagoras My only success at this site was getting the underside shot of a male Trapezites macqueeni that I mentioned above. New species are still being described. Doleschallia bisaltide Ross drove us out to a roadside verge where a number of Acacia bidwillii bushes were growing. Trapezites sciron With the rain starting again we went onto Herberton to see what we might be able to find. Ogyris genoveva Jalmenus inous The tree was home to a large, low-growing mistletoe which was the foodplant host for the Northern Purple Azure (Ogyris zosine). There was still a patch of vegetation around the toilet block – thank goodness the toilet block had been saved! I’ve previously found this to be a pretty good spot, especially for skippers, and we did find some of the Usual Suspects here. As we got closer the weather became increasingly bad; it was particularly disgusting on the steep, winding and slippery road down from Kuranda to the coast, and the torrential rain continued well into the night. Jalmenus eubulus Ova: The eggs are very slightly larger than those of O. richmondia. Jalmenus icilius Jalmenus pseudictinus Eurema alitha, Elodina parthia I’ve seen plenty of these butterflies over the … Hypocysta euphemia Check out m… Eurema smilax The leaves of the introduced Dutchman's pipe (Aristolochia littoralis) will kill the larvae of this species and several other swallowtail butterflies in Australia. Vanessa itea Euploea darchia Oreixenica orichora He looked to be a perfect specimen and after a few abortive attempts I was able to get some shots of him showing off the brands that give the species its name. Ogyris barnardi Cephrenes trichopepla Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. A couple of days later Nils and I returned to this spot and found a different – much fresher – male, who allowed me to get a good underside shot with my patched-up DSLR. Neolucia hobartensis Parnara amalia Acrodipsas cuprea Nils and I both took photos, and then Nils very kindly loaned me his DSLR so I could get better shots than were likely with my bridge camera. A female may lay as many as 300 eggs in her lifetime. Paul wrote a review Oct 2020. Geitoneura acantha Hypochrysops digglesii Phaedyma shepherdi, Mynes geoffroyi Mesodina gracillima Eirmocides consimilis Hesperilla crypsigramma Junonia villida Toxidia parvula Knowing that I was about to go home the Cairns weather provided a fine and increasingly sunny day, just to let me know what I was going to be missing out on when I left. Hesperilla malindeva Pseudalmenus chlorinda It is also often seen in Cairns, attracted to the flowers of Lantana, Hibiscus and Bougainvillea in suburban gardens. Toxidia doubledayi About this website Pieridae Papilio demoleus, Pachliopta polydorus A closely allied species, the New Guinea or Priam's Birdwing (Ornithoptera pri… We were very fortunate that Ross McLaren was free to go butterflying this day, as he took us both out to Forty Mile Scrub to look for one or two of my target species. Papilio ambrax Males are usually a few centimeters smaller. In umpteen visits to Cairns I’d only once been able to photograph a Fuscous Swallowtail (Papilio fuscus capaneus), and that was an unfortunate specimen who had lost most of its left hind wing and was having difficulty flying. Mycalesis perseus Other common names include Cooktown birdwing and northern birdwing. Both sexes support their weight when feeding at flowers by rapidly fluttering their wings. Eirmocides helenita Heading past a bunch of locals who were attempting to build an ark using schematics they found on Wikipedia, we drove out towards Herberton in the tablelands.Â, On the way there we stopped by a tree at the roadside to check what was underneath a band. Cairns birdwing. Since Nils had taken some great shots of really gorgeous specimens I spent some time trying to emulate him but orithya simply doesn’t like me, or perhaps Nils is just much better at stalking them. I didn’t know what I was doing with his Nikon as I’m a Canon user, but fortunately some of the shots came out well enough to use on my website. Pelopidas lyelli Tisiphone helena, Oreixenica kershawi Borbo impar I had some difficulty focussing on this little skipper with my bridge camera, but I was able to get some shots of his upperside. Hypocysta metirius Jamides cyta Many gardeners eliminate any caterpillars they see because of the damage they do to certain ornamentals and vegetables. Home to over 2,000 magnificent tropical butterflies, you will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary’s rainforest gardens. Imago: Adult males have been known to guard females with which they have recently mated, possibly to ensure that the sphragis (mating plug) does not become dislodged by another male, as it will not fully harden until approximately one day later. Graphium macfarlanei I would have stayed longer to see if I could get more photos of these butterflies, but the main target for the day was still a bit further on.Â. Ecoregion, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ornithoptera_euphorion&oldid=988360513, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 November 2020, at 18:18. Most of them were absolutely beautiful freshly-emerged insects, though I was a little disappointed that none of them ever opened its wings to show the lovely upperside colour. Enjoyed your report and photos are excellent as usual . Antipodia dactyliota Eurema brigitta Famegana alsulus Ulysses swallowtail butterfly. The weather improved to the point where it became mostly sunny, however we really didn’t see all that many butterflies. Papilionidae The only interesting species I saw was a Purple Moonbeam (Philiris innotata), which was flying around the top of a Sandpaper Fig and showed no inclination to come down within camera range. Hesperilla ornata Suniana sunias When we were getting close to the Koah area Al suggested we might as well pull into a side road where he’d previously found Spotted Grass-skippers (Neohesperilla senta) nectaring on flowers.  I was very keen to have a look for it, despite the rain, as this would be a new species for me. This was my last day, and with my flight leaving at 4pm I had to stay close to Cairns and finish butterflying by 2pm. We then made our way up to the top of the hill. Hesperilla picta Arhopala eupolis Psychonotis caelius Anthene lycaenoides All products are produced on-demand and shipped worldwide within 2 - 3 business days. Catopsilia pomona The clouds caught up with us before we were able to get any shots so we continued pushing inland, stopping off at the site where we’d seen Neohesperilla senta a couple of days before. Ogyris zosine Acraea andromacha The artists were members of the Work for the Dole scheme under the tuition of Dominic Johns. Delias aestiva If you want to attract a particular species of butterfly to your yard, find out what food plants it likes and plant them. Ornithoptera euphorion. Pieridae Departs . There were plenty of Orange Bush-browns and Common Eggflies, but nothing that we were really looking for. Erina acasta Cethosia penthesilea Hypolimnas alimena [2], Pupa: Like most other species of its genus, the pupa is light brown and yellow.[2]. A couple of Ogyris teased us by flying around the treetops, way too high to get photos. I also only have the southern version, so parasema would have been a new subspecies for me. Hesperiidae, Thailand Heteronympha paradelpha Hypochrysops epicurus It’s often a good idea to start butterflying early in the morning in the Tropics; whilst few butterflies are on the wing until later there’s always the chance of getting shots of half-asleep individuals like this. What to bring. Eurema hecabe Nymphalidae [1] The names Cairns and Cooktown in its common name reference the Australian cities in the region where this butterfly is found. Thanks Colin! Pantoporia venilia I decided to cross to the other side of the road as there were a few flowers there too. Ocybadistes ardea Telicota ancilla After a couple of hours I went into a little clearing in the forest and found a number of Narrow-winged Awls (Badamia exclamationis) had taken up residence. put your camera away. This species is endemic to Australia. Lycaenidae . Finally! Euploea corinna Yoma sabina Orange Palmdart, Cephrenes augiades A closely allied species, the New Guinea or Priam's Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) reaches 19 cm and is the largest butterfly species found in Australia, but it is not endemic. Hypolycaena danis Theclinesthes albocinctus Our first stop was Smithfield Regional Park, which we entered via the gate on Moore Road. Initially I had trouble distinguishing them from the far more numerous Common Crows (Euploea corinna), but fortunately Ross was much more familiar with them and before long spotted a beautiful male. Trapezites argenteoornatus Nils, Al and I walked along the roadside verge looking at the flowers, which quickly attracted some grass darts and a few common Lycaenids. We offer a range of experiences for the whole family – from educational immersive exhibits to guided tours through the aviary and breeding laboratory. Ocybadistes walkeri Nils spent some time pursuing a beautiful – but reluctant – Pied Flat (Tagiades japetus), while I took shots of a very fresh-looking Yellow-streaked Swift (Sabera dobboe). Hesperilla crypsargyra Theclinesthes hesperia By today our good friend Tropical Cyclone Esther was trying to drown Cairns completely, so we decided to try our luck inland again. In Brisbane gardens, they feed mostly on oleanders and figs. Herimosa albovenata, Mesodina aeluropis Catochrysops panormus Neolucia agricola Jalmenus lithochroa As usual the conditions worsened just after we arrived, though it didn’t actually start raining. Hypochrysops ignitus I briefly had hopes that I’d found the elusive Swamp Darter (Arrhenes marnas), which would have been a new species for me, but it was the much more common Scrub Darter (Arrhenes dschilus) – a lovely species of Hesperid but one I’ve photographed plenty of times before. Delias harpalyce, Tirumala hamata Cepora perimale I photographed an egg and a larva, and then I spotted an adult in flight around a nearby shrub. I’d been told that Forty Mile Scrub had burned badly, and a large amount of this rare Vine Thicket habitat had indeed been incinerated, apparently on purpose. Geitoneura klugii Species Thumbnails Toxidia rietmanni Acrodipsas arcana I hadn’t been to Cairns for two years but I found myself with some time on my hands, so when Nils Beaven from Australian Butterflies Conservation invited me to join him for a few days of butterflying in that area I booked some flights and headed up to Far North Queensland. Erina erina Jalmenus ictinus All families [2], Larva: Larvae are very similar to those of O. richmondia, with colouration varying from light to dark grey. Papilionidae Birdwing Butterfly. It refused to power up, despite the battery being fully charged. Ogyris amaryllis Vagrans egista We only got to see this when the butterflies were in flight, and they all closed their wings the moment they settled. Cairns birdwing butterfly. Just about the only interesting butterflies we saw in the rainforest were a Hamadryad (Tellervo zoilus) and a badly damaged Large Green-banded Blue (Danis danis). Elymnias agondas Ornithoptera (syn. If you found this interesting, please Share it : Your email address will not be published. Named after Queen Alexandra of the UK in 1907, Queen Alexandra's birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae) is the largest in the world with the female's wingspan reaching a length of 12.2 inches. The weather closed in; the clouds darkened and we found ourselves high up the hillside in an increasingly heavy drizzle. Heteronympha merope Petrelaea tombugensis We exchanged butterflying stories on the journey, much of which I spent salivating at the thought of all the species Ross has found that I haven’t yet seen. All reviews beautiful butterflies butterfly sanctuary guided tour life cycle butterflies flying cairns birdwing eggs free tour breeding program behind the scenes different species lovely experience well worth the visit entry fee caterpillar ulysses laboratory moths nursery flutter cocoons hatching. I’d photographed a beautiful fresh female at the same spot in April 2011 but had never seen a male, much to the surprise of my butterflyer mates as the females are rarely seen. Amazingly enough it was quite a bright morning and there was even a bit of sunshine, so we thought we had a good chance of finding some more of those lovely skippers. Arrhenes marnas stock photo 210279236 from Depositphotos collection of millions of premium high-resolution stock photos, vector images and illustrations. We started back towards Cairns, thinking that the persistent light rain meant an early end to the butterflying day. Hypochrysops narcissus Ogyris aenone There were quite a lot of butterflies around; most of them were common species but there were also one or two Two-brand Crows (Euploea sylvester sylvester) which I was very keen to photograph as I only had shots of the Darwin subspecies (E. sylvester pelor). Anthene seltuttus (Dark Ciliated-blue) Anthene lycaenoides (Pale Ciliated-blue) Common Crow. See more ideas about Butterfly, Beautiful butterflies, Species. Its favoured habitat is rainforest of the Queensland wet tropics region, including riverine forest, and particularly near the coast. Hypocysta pseudirius This specimen, however, still hadn’t had its early-morning coffee and so was relaxed enough to just sit on the path with his wings spread and allow us to take photos. Paralucia pyrodiscus Trapezites iacchus YouTube videos, Full Species lists Hypocysta irius Daily 10:00 am 3:00 pm. Caterpillars are boldly striped with four pairs of tentacles. Catopsilia gorgophone In umpteen visits to Cairns I’d only once been able to photograph a Fuscous Swallowtail (Papilio fuscus capaneus), and that was an unfortunate specimen who had lost most of its left hind wing and was having difficulty flying. Hesperilla mastersi This is the vine widely promoted in SE Queensland as “the birdwing butterfly vine”. Oddly enough on my one visit to Darwin I’d been able to get photos of the Northern Territory subspecies (Papilio fuscus canopus) within two hours of my plane touching down. We relocated to another spot further along the road and began checking a whole load more Acacias.  Ross began by finding some daemeli eggs and then a couple of larvae, which were much more inconspicuous than other Jalmenus larvae I’d seen. Nacaduba cyanea Erina hyacinthina Sep 21, 2012 - Posts about Brookside Gardens written by cindydyer Trapezites luteus Males are usually a few centimeters smaller. I got two new species – my first since I was in Darwin in April 2018 – as well as one new subspecies, and I was able to fill a few other gaps in my photo gallery. Trapezites atkinsi Euploea tulliolus Graphium choredon Eirmocides absimilis Mar 27, 2013 - 'Cairns Birdwing Butterfly' by Jenny Dean. Trapezites maheta Ypthima arctous, Lucia limbaria Delias ennia Trapezites phigalioides The name “Esther” sounds harmless enough, but she was carrying a huge amount of rain and had every intention of dumping it all on us as we attempted to find some butterflies. Alas, I couldn’t find her. Eirmocides margarita Megisba strongyle Theclinesthes serpentatus Picture taken at Butterfly World in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While Australia's butterfly fauna is not as diverse as on other continents, there are interesting endemic groups. Cairns Birdwing Butterfly is one of the Australian flying insects. Euchrysops cnejus Deudorix diovis The weather forecast wasn’t too encouraging, but we had our fingers crossed that things would turn out better than the predictions. Charaxes sempronius Watch the Cairns Birdwing emerging video & the silk moth Caterpillars live display; Entry into the butterfly museum. Other common names include Cooktown birdwing and northern birdwing. Elodina queenslandica The most interesting to me was a female Pale Ciliate-blue (Anthene lycaenoides), a species I haven’t seen often in Cairns (though there were loads of them on the wing the one time I went to Townsville).Â. 22 different butterfly species and 7 other insects in and around Cairns, Australia, november 2012. Queensland's tropical rainforests. Phalanta phalanta Cethosia cydippe Perhaps as many as half of Australia’s moths are yet to be formally named. shirley claassen has uploaded 169 photos to Flickr. Junonia orithya Ocybadistes flavovittatus It was still sunny when I arrived in the late afternoon on Thursday 20th February. The photograph may be purchased as wall art, home decor, apparel, phone cases, greeting cards, and more. Theclinesthes miskini There was definitely rain on the way, but this looked like being the best day for a while on the coast, so we decided to try the Cairns area today and perhaps venture inland – where there’s generally less rainfall – on subsequent days. Cupha prosope I had seen the zosine pupae before but never the larvae, so I took a few photos before it was time to replace the band and continue on our way.Â. Ornithoptera euphorion, the Cairns birdwing, is a species of birdwing butterfly endemic to north-eastern Australia, and is Australia's largest endemic butterfly species. Pantoporia consimilis Child $ 10. Anisynta cynone Leptotes plinius Cairns Birdwing, Ornithoptera euphorion North Queensland Day Moth, Alcides metaurus. Jun 30, 2013 - Thanks to kierobau for the ID. The shots weren’t as good as I’d have liked, but better than nothing. Delias nigrina Download royalty-free Cairns birdwing butterfly Ornithoptera euphorion perches on a tree in a garden. Papilio fuscus Jameela palmyra Triodes) euphorion (Cairns Birdwing) Caper White. Prosotas dubiosa We stopped off at Kuranda to pick up Al Hopkinson from his slice of paradise, which includes his own personal acre of rainforest. Mesodina cyanophracta Satisfied with our daemeli experience we returned to Cairns. Home to over 2000 magnificent tropical butterflies, you’ll be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of these elusive wonders of nature as you wander through the aviary’s rainforest gardens. I’m using to seeing masses of ants clustered all over the larvae, but the Acacia bidwillii foliage provided good cover. Allora major From Wikipedia: The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) is Australia's largest endemic butterfly species, with females reaching a wingspan of up to 16 cm. For once the weather decided to cooperate; the rain stopped shortly after our arrival and the sky brightened a bit though we didn’t actually get any sunshine. Ornithoptera richmondia Acraea terpsicore Croitana croites Toxidia thyrrhus He’d previously found Emerald Hairstreaks (Jalmenus daemeli) here, though none were to be found today. Our butterflies include local rainforest species, including the electric blue Ulysses and the majestic green & … Almost immediately I sighted a skipper which I was certain had to be senta; the spots on its underside were so distinctive that I had no doubt what it was even though I’d never seen the species before. 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