MOTHER Nature has been putting on a stunning show for the viewing pleasure of Bundaberg residents this as thousands of butterflies flutter through town.

It's a thing of beauty to watch, but what's the reason behind it?

According to Butterfly Encounters owner Ross Kendall, the black and blue winged creatures are known as blue tiger butterflies, technically known as the Tirumala Hamata Hamata.

"They migrate north during the winter," Mr Kendall said.

"They are known to aggregate in their thousands on islands off the tropical coast to overwinter."

Mr Kendall said that the population fluctuated depending on different factors.

"It's important they have the correct plant to feed the caterpillar," he said.

"In the right conditions they breed in the tens of thousands."

Mr Kendall said there was a good chance many of the butterflies flying through town this week had come from areas including Goodnight Scrub and Mt Walsh National Park.

"I was in Goodnight Scrub in January and they were breeding prolifically then," he said.

Mr Kendall said despite the common misconception about butterflies having short lifespan of just a few days, they were known to live for many months.



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