Swarms of blue tiger butterflies have been moving through the Gympie region. Picture: Peter Holt
Swarms of blue tiger butterflies have been moving through the Gympie region. Picture: Peter Holt

Butterfly invasion continues across Gympie region

STEPPING outside or driving along any Gympie region road at the moment you will notice continuous clouds of beautiful blue tiger butterflies.

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The are migrating after breeding up in huge numbers because of the rains that came on the heels of the drought across south east Queensland.

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They are beautiful but it is almost distressing to see so many of them stuck to the grills of cars and dead on the road.

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There’s nothing we can do really, but it’s distressing nevertheless.

There is something about butterflies that takes us to a better place.

They evoke feelings of reassurance, hope, love and new beginnings with their delicate beauty.

They are a stunning example of mother nature in a time of fear, frustration, uncertainty and loneliness.

Entomologist Michelle Gleeson said the butterflies fly north in autumn in search of over-wintering sites, where they wait out the cooler months huddled together on trees and vines in dry gullies and creek banks.

A bit like us really, except we are waiting out the coronavirus, huddled separately in our bunkers. The butterflies will move on soon, but they will leave in their wake a reminder that life is good, and there so much beauty and wonder to be found in this world

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