Skyrail Nature Diary


Butterflies and Moths

This month we will be looking at butterflies and moths. These beautiful insects are amongst the most easily spotted and best appreciated of all insects. A common question is what is the difference between butterflies and moths? Well, the main difference is that butterflies are... read more


Insect Life Cycles

This month we will be looking at the life cycles of insects. Insects are a special kind of arthropod (animals with jointed legs) and are interestingly most closely related to crustaceans (e.g. crabs, prawns and crayfish). Insects are characterised by having an exoskeleton (on... read more


Green Ants: Combat Engineers of the Rainforest

Guests travelling on Skyrail often ask, “What are those leafy ball things in the trees?” Those marvelously constructed “leafy balls” resembling scaly bladders are satellite colonies of the rainforest’s combat engineers – green ants. Green ants nests are most likely to be... read more


November Flowering and Fruiting

This month it’s getting even warmer and more humid. Several of the trees that had just started fruiting in October, should be getting close to ripening. Brown Tulip is currently fruiting in moderate numbers at Skyrail. The fruits are samaras, a round seed attached to a long... read more


Ancestors of Land Plants

This month we will be looking at the ancestors of land plants and some modern, primitive descendants that resemble them. Algae are the obvious ancestors of the land plants. The question is which ones? Thanks to DNA research, it’s now generally known that algae are a diverse... read more