Skyrail Nature Diary

Trees at Skyrail

March started out quite dry and hot and sticky and thanks to Cyclone Nathan north of Cairns, we received a fair bit a rain for a few days. Now in April, it may very well rain given the fact that the wet season has had noticeably late starts over the last few years. Red Tulip... read more


This month we will be looking at beetles, the single largest group of insects in the world! There is an estimated half a million or more species of these insects, Charles Darwin is quoted as having said that God must be inordinately fond of beetles. Clearly beetles are very... read more

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