Butterfly’s signal near end of wet
Triple treat of Aussie wonders for Douglas
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.
Beautiful butterfly: Ulysses Butterfly discovered in the garden