Butterfly Garden

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Sign at the entrance to the butterfly garden.

Of all the things I saw and did in Australia, the two best things were the Great Barrier Reef and the Butterfly Garden.

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Cairns Birdwing butterfly on a

My YouTube Channel has the best of the Great Barrier Reef stuff, because video comes out better than pictures in water full of sediment.

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Butterflies feeding at a sugar-water feeder.

However, the pictures from the butterfly garden are better than the video, so I wanted to do an entire post just to show off the butterfly pictures.

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Overview of the garden.

The butterfly garden in Kuranda has a building full of caterpillars, so you can see what the juvenile butterflies look like.

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Two Chocolate Argus butterflies getting friendly.

The main building is the garden, which is full of all kinds of amazing flowers and water features.

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Common Eggfly on a leaf.

Now, I know butterflies are not everyone’s thing. I am sure most people would have been more excited by the markets and the shopping opportunities.

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Cruiser butterfly on a leaf.

However, I like watching butterflies. You can just sit down and watch them flutter around. If you hold very still, one might even land on you.

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Blue Banded Eggfly on a leaf.

When I traveled with the Renaissance Festival (way back in my early twenties) there was a butterfly garden at one of the fairs in Texas. I used to love to sit in there and watch the butterflies.

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Case of butterflies in the gift shop.

If I ever have a back yard again, I hope to fill it with flowers so I can attract butterflies to my yard. Of course, I won’t catch them and pin them under glass like the gift shop, because that is horrifying.

 

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Monarch butterfly display between the garden and the gift shop.

Author: jendelemont

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