7 Beautiful Butterfly Species of the Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is tucked away in Northern Queensland, just above Cairns where the climate is tropical. Covering roughly 1200 square kilometres of lush greenery, wild scenery, and oodles of flora and fauna, it’s one of the oldest and most breath-taking rainforests in the entire world. Its luxurious micro-climate fosters the perfect habitat for a number of native Australian animals and plants, including a whopping 3,000 plant varieties, a staggering 13 mammals species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, more than a quarter of the country’s frog species, and over half of bird species in all of Australia.

It’s also home to a huge number of butterflies from all walks of life – big ones, small ones, colourful ones, and plain ones. The rainforest is particularly well known for its plethora of butterflies and, if you’re interested in seeing these beautiful creatures for yourself, your best bet is to visit the lowlands of the rainforest during the hottest and wettest times of the year.

The Butterflies of the Daintree Rainforest

  • Birdwing Butterfly

    Also known as the Cairns Birdwing, this species is a striking pearlescent green and black colour and is one of the biggest butterfly varieties in the whole of Australia.

  • Grey Albatross

    You can find this Grey Albatross, relatively normal looking butterfly in the wet tropics where it seeks out vibrant plant varieties. It boasts a characteristic yellow streak across its wings and is considerably less resplendent than many of the other butterfly species in this area.

  • Ulysses Butterfly

    One of the more recognisable butterfly varieties, the Ulysses Butterfly features electric blue wings fringed with velvet black edges and can be found in upland areas. Thanks to its memorable markings it has become a tourism symbol of Northern Queensland.

  • Cruiser Butterfly

    Another of Australia’s more recognisable butterflies, the Cruiser exhibits a vibrant orange body with bright orange-yellow wings edged with intricate black detailing.

  • Red-Bodied Swallowtail

    Commonly found in the Wet Tropics, the Red-Bodied Swallowtail displays unique markings. It’s recognisable by its jet-black body and wings that are illustrated with bright red and white markings.

  • Union Jack

    Union Jack is an eye-catching butterfly species is almost completely white save for bright splashes of red and yellow that decorate its underside, contrasted between thick lines of smudgy black.

  • Orchard Swallowtail

    This Orchard Swallowtail species is easy to spot with its cape-like markings that begin in jet-black at its neck and smooth out into vibrant white and then black with bright red spots at the tips of the wings.

Check out these colourful butterflies on our Cape Tribulation Tour.

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