MIGRATION: Blue tiger butterflies are currently migrating through Bundaberg. Photo Ross Kendall
MIGRATION: Blue tiger butterflies are currently migrating through Bundaberg. Photo Ross Kendall Contributed

Region’s all in a flutter

NOTICED any butterflies lately?

Bundaberg residents were in a flutter yesterday as many began to notice the black and blue winged creatures known as blue tiger butterflies migrating across the region.

Butterfly Encounters owner Ross Kendall said the migration of the blue tiger butterflies - otherwise known as Tirumala Hamata Hamata - was the biggest seen in years.

"The last big migration was 12 to 15 years ago," he said.

Mr Kendall said a high number of adults lay dormant in several locations in northern areas although small numbers can be found in winter in southern Queensland.

"With the coming of spring, these adults fan out to look for the right plants on which to lay eggs and, if conditions are right, several generations may occur over the warmer months," he said.

"If there has been good rainfall where its preferred host plants grow, then conditions are ripe for a population explosion such as we are seeing over a wide area at present.

"I was up at Goodnight Scrub three weeks ago and I have never seen so many butterflies."



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