But­ter­fly’s sig­nal near end of wet

Triple treat of Aussie won­ders for Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE MOSS­MAN Gorge, Myall Beach at Cape Tribu­la­tion and the drive from Palm Cove to Port Dou­glas have all been recog­nised as some of the best views in Australia.

The lat­est edi­tion of the Australia Trav­eller has re­vealed the top 100 views in the na­tion, which were cho­sen out of 1000 en­tries sent in by readers, tour BEAU­TI­FUL but­ter­flies of dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties have been spot­ted around the re­gion in the past week, a tra­di­tional sign that is said sig­nal the wet sea­son’s im­mi­nent end.

And the weather bureau agrees.

Pic­tures and sto­ries are flut­ter­ing in to the Gazette from Cas­sowary, the Dain­tree and even in Port Dou­glas of beau­ti­ful blue and black Ulysses and Cairns bird­wing but­ter­flies grac­ing the skies about town.

Diana Price from the Dain­tree en­to­mo­log­i­cal mu­seum said she even spot­ted a big greasy but­ter­fly, which is iden­ti­fi­able with black see-through wings that are adorned with some red-spots.

“I hap­pened to see one yyes­ter­dayy and they don’t nor­mally start hatch­ing un­til the dry is about to come,” she said.

“The big greasy is also known as a Glass­wing but­ter­fly and is a sure sign that drier weather is com­ing.

“In say­ing that the weather pat­terns are chang­ing so who knows what will hap­pen, be­cause of the beau­ti­ful and dry weather, they all came out and it is but­ter­fly sea­son.”

But­ter­flies do hatch all year round, but num­bers have in­creased re­cently and Duty fore­caster for the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy Ben Suter be­lieves the but­ter­flies have got it right.

“There are no real signs of mon­soonal troughs com­ing back south­wards through the rest of April,” he said.

“It does look like next week a re­turn to scat­tered show­ers but in terms of heavy rain falls, in­di­ca­tions sug­gest we’re go­ing to strug­gle to see a re­turn of mon­soonal troughs - the but­ter­flies might be right.”

Sight­ings of but­ter­flies will de­pend on the weather and Diana said when it is rain­ing they shel­ter un­der trees.

“You won’t see them fly­ing, they’ll be hang­ing in a tree pro­tect­ing them­selves,” she said.

“The Ulysses only lives for five to seven days and the Cairns bird­wing for around seven to ten days, so as its sunny they are fly­ing, eat­ing and mat­ing.

“Plant­ing the right plants will at­tract them to your gar­den, they love red flow­ers and feed of the nec­tar in the flow­ers - any hi­bis­cus, any­thing that is red.” op­er­a­tors and lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers.

Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree’s ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan said the Moss­man Gorge com­ing in at 14, Myall Beach at 33 and the coastal drive scrap­ping in at 98 was great ex­po­sure for the re­gion.

“We’re very pop­u­lar with the readers of Australia Trav­eller, we got in the top desti­na­tions of Australia and now we’ve got the best views,” he said.

“It’s one of the widest read mag­a­zines by tourists and prospec­tive trav­ellers and their web­site is pop­u­lar and to have three in the top 100 is fan­tas­tic.

“This is feed­back from the readers, from peo­ple com­ing to visit and rec­om­mend­ing these lo­ca­tions and word of mouth is prob­a­bly the strong­est form of ad­ver­tis­ing.”

The final 100 were picked out of all the en­tries by pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers, ex­perts in trav­el­ling Australia try­ing to find the best view.

Photo by STEPHEN NUTT

Beau­ti­ful but­ter­fly: Ulysses But­ter­fly dis­cov­ered in the gar­den

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