Last Days Before the Opening of Butterfly Rainforest

Easter Monday. It’s a thing here in Australia, a holiday from work, many businesses are closed and a source of confusion for this visitor plus a few Aussies, too. 

Took the Kiranda Scenic Railway up into the rainforest for the day.

  

   

Kuranda is a nice little town up in the rainforest with the Butterfly Sanctuary. A bit of last minute research and I had a good plan for the rest of the week. 

Lurcher Butterfly:

  

Cairns Birdwing Caterpillar:

  

Ulysses Butterfly caterpillar:

Cairns Birdwing, male:    

Ulysses Butterfly:

 

Tuesday was all about adding the leaves:  

Utilizing one of two large potted Fan Palms in the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor’s Centre, I created an environment for the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly. Wire crocheted Native Dutchman Vine, beads included as eggs, chrysalis, a full grown crocheted Birdwing and a single fallen Wing section representing the end of the butterfly’s lifecycle.  

In both writing and in person, the little strangely shaped flower of the Native   Dutchman Vine was described as ‘insignificant.’ That made me sad as no one wants to be described as insignificant so I had to create them in yarn to show how unique they really are:

 

The second Fan Palm is home to the Lurcher and also the Green Spotted Triangle. A total of 7 chrysalis are hidden within the three islands of work. 

 On the final day before the opening caterpillars needed to be completed: 

After: My caterpillar army ready for showtime!

The Launch was on Friday at 2PM and I am very happy with how it went. A professional photographer is coming to take good photos of my work as the lighting within the Visitor’s Centre is very poor for my little smart phone photography. So I’m saving the big Launch post with photos of the completed work for after I receive the photos. 

Have a great weekend!!

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