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Kemenuh Butterfly Park

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We were dubious about visiting Kemenuh Butterfly Park as we’d visited a couple of butterfly farms in the past and had been disappointed. Happily, this was an exception and is a delightful and well run attraction with enthusiastic staff and lots of pretty butterflies.

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A short drive south from Ubud, the small park sits overlooking picturesque rice fields. Butterflies are housed in an outdoor netted sanctuary, entered though chain mesh to a small but attractive tropical flower garden of delights full of flitting lepidoptera and a tinkling man-made water feature. We were captivated by the iridescent nectar drinkers, gracefully darting from flower to flower. The area is quite small which makes it easy to find and photograph the butterflies, even if they dart off as you snap.

Spread your wings. Photo taken in or around Kemenuh Butterfly Park, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Spread your wings. Photo: Sally Arnold

The park keeps and breeds 14 species including the large Attacus atlas (atlas moth), locally called kup-kupu barong, which have been recorded as having a wingspan of up to 262 millimetres. For you lepidopterists out there (others skip this paragraph) the list includes: Idea stolli (common tree nymph), Vindula erota (common cruiser), Ideopsis juventa (grey glassy tiger / wood nymph), Cethosia hypsea (Malay lacewing), Euploea phaenarete (milkweed butterfly), Euploea corinna (common crow), Graphium agamemnon (tailed jay), Papilio demoleus (lime butterfly), Papilio polytes (common mormon), Papilio peranthus (swallowtail), Papilio helenus (red helen), Papilio memnon (great mormon), and Troides helena (common birdwing).

Within the enclosure, the Pupa Room, is where the magic happens. Staff collect the butterfly eggs and watch carefully as they turn into (very hungry) wiggly caterpillars, mostly camouflaged amongst the leaves. When they are ready, they spin a cocoon or chrysalis. The collection here is fascinating and mostly look like small gilt peanuts although the larger atlas moth pupas are more “leafy”. Interestingly, the shinny pupas are poisonous to predators such as birds, mice, lizards and ants — isn’t ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Kemenuh Butterfly Park
9 kilometres south of Ubud, Jalan Raya Kemenuh, Sukawati
T: (0361) 479 1681, (0819) 9901 3322
Admission: 100,000 rupiah for adults and 50,000 rupiah for kids

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