Millions of butterflies invade the Gold Coast

SPECTACULAR scenes are being reported from right across the Gold Coast as millions of butterflies invade the city amid a scorching heatwave.

Residents have reported watching swarms of thousands drift through their yards and the air overhead throughout the afternoon, believed brought on by the hot northerly winds.

Mass sightings have been reported all over the coast, including Ashmore, Southport, Nerang, Carrara, Palm Beach, Pacific Pines, Hope Island, Runaway Bay, Bundall, Helensvale and north at Pimpama and Ormeau.


They’ve been reported swarming in various colours, including white, orange, black, blue, red, and yellow.

According to the Queensland Museum website, the Blue Tiger, Caper White and Lemon Migrant butterflies are known to migrate through southeast Queensland in enormous numbers.

The Caper White (black and white/creme in colour) breed in vast numbers and migrations often coincide with the first hot blast of summer, where they gather on the coastal headlands before flying out to sea – as can be seen in the image from Currumbin below.

Motorists are also reporting thousands of the insects along the M1 Motorway – there’s even reports of them filtering inside homes.

Check out some of the pictures below!

FB - Kris Basco Currumbin beach - myGC

PICTURE: Kris Basco, Currumbin beach

Butterfly Main Beach Nicola Poznanovich

PICTURE: Nicola Poznanovich, Main Beach

Nicola Poznanovich

PICTURE: Nicola Poznanovich, Main Beach

Butterfly Christee Liszczak

PICTURE: Christee Liszczak

Chantal Johnson - Broadbeach waters

PICTURE: Chantal Johnson, Broadbeach waters

Lisa Voce

PICTURE: Lisa Voce

Jacob Munro

PICTURE: Jacob Munro, Helensvale

Dean Johnson

PICTURE: Dean Johnson

BUTTERFLY Stephanie Puggioni

PICTURE: Stephanie Puggioni