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31 Mar
5 May
Explore the Mini Beasts

The Mini Beasts don’t bite. But they do react to movement with light, sound and bright, brilliant colour.

The Largest Butterfly in Town

The next time you’re visiting Brisbane, keep an eye out for the biggest butterfly there. That’s the female Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly. See if you can spot our Mini Beast Swallowtail on Level 2. It’s so big, it can’t be missed.

Did you know?

The Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio Aegeus) is especially common in Queensland where there are many citrus trees on which the larvae feed. Their wingspan is about 140 millimetres in females and 120 millimetres in males, making it the largest butterfly commonly seen in Brisbane. Our butterfly is proximity-activated, so watch what happens as you make movement near it.
 

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A Blue Bee is About

If you’ve ever seen what looks to be a blue bee, chances are it was a cuckoo bee. Buzz about our Piazza and see if you can track down ours. And don’t worry about getting stung; place a hand over its antenna and bee pleasantly surprised.

Did you know?

The Neon Cuckoo Bee is probably the most distinctive of Sydney's cuckoo bee species due to its iridescent blue - black colouration and purple sheen on its brown-coloured wings. Cuckoo bees do not build their own nests but instead rely on other bees to raise their young by laying their eggs in the nests of other species. Gently hover your hand over the front of each of the bee's antenna to watch them light up!

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Why Do Cicadas Sing?

Some cicadas sing to scare birds away - and to not be eaten by them. Male cicadas also sing to attract female cicadas. Listen out for our singing cicada on Level 3, in the food court, and gently touch its wings for a rousing encore.


Did you know?

Cicadas are found on every continent on our planet, and are one of Australia's most familiar insects. As one of the loudest insects in the world, it is thought that the sound produced by some communal species is used as a defence against predatory birds. Only male cicadas sing as a way of attracting a mate. Gently touch the copper plates on the cicada’s wings to watch a unique light display and hear him sing!  

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Not All Spiders Build Webs

Jumping spiders are smaller than most. But their powerful back legs help them move very fast. They also possess excellent vision to track, stalk and leap on prey. Keep an eye out for our Mini Beast spider on Level 3, near Myer, and see if it sees you. 

 

Did you know?

The Jumping Spider is generally small in size with large eyes and very inquisitive. Often a daylight hunter, they use their excellent vision to find, stalk and calculate distance, before pouncing on their unsuspecting prey, powered by their strong back legs. Go on, be brave and gently hover your hand over the front of our spider’s face to watch him light up!

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Visit in centre and explore our Mini Beasts. Download the map here.