ON THE MOVE: The caper white butterfly has been migrating to Queensland in record numbers.
ON THE MOVE: The caper white butterfly has been migrating to Queensland in record numbers. Michael Bedingfield

Butterfly capers over the Range

IF YOU encountered butterflies by the millions in recent days, you weren't alone.

In fact, you shared the experience with people as far south as Lismore in NSW and reportedly as far north as Yeppoon.

A rare mass breeding of the caper white butterfly west of the Great Dividing Range saw a cloud of the little critters make their way east on their long migratory journey, stopping to feed across the eastern seaboard.

Queensland Museum's senior curator of entomology Chris Burwell told APN the butterflies are often seen "but not in such huge numbers”.

"I'm not sure of their exact source but it's west of the Great Dividing Range,” Dr Burwell said.

"A lot of inland areas had really good late winter and early spring rains.”

Dr Burwell also exploded the myth that all butterflies live for only one day.

"A lot of people have the idea they only live for one day, or a couple of days,” he said.

"But most live a lot longer than that; they can live for months.”

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