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Kids all aflutter over butterflies as they have a nosey at city’s new attraction


March 30, 2016 12:00am

Lorna Hudson Gold Coast Bulletin



Sofia Mynott, 10, of Worongary with a Monarch Butterfly. Picture: John Gass


A NEW attraction is about to set Gold Coast hearts fluttering while also helping to save a threatened species.


The Gold Coast Butterfly House has opened at Nerang for the school holidays with owner Josephine Romeo saying it aimed to let children see nature up close.


“Our children seldom have the opportunity to observe the miracles of nature up close,” she said.



Dylan Eccles, 9, of Worongary with a Monarch Butterfly. Picture: John Gass


“The experience of watching a tiny egg transform into a caterpillar, change to a chrysalis and hatch into a magnificent butterfly is exciting, and children are fascinated by this.”


The butterfly house hopes to help save the critically-endangered richmond birdwing, the largest butterfly in Australia with a wingspan of up to 16cm, by encouraging visitors to plant special vines it feeds on as a caterpillar.




Zoey Eccles, 6, of Worongary with a Monarch

Butterfly. Picture: John Gass


Zoey Eccles, 6, of Worongary with a Monarch

Butterfly. Picture: John Gass


“We’re encouraging people to plant their host plant to create their own butterfly gardens to help restore the ­dwindling species,” said Ms Romeo.