Daintree Rainforest Bugs and Butterflies

Bugs and Butterflies of the Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is filled with thousands of beautiful and exotic insects. These fascinating creatures may be scary for some but they play a vital role in the rainforest’s web of life. For instance, insects are important decomposers of wood and help in the pollination of flowers in the rainforest.

If you’re fascinated by bugs and insects, a trip to the Daintree Rainforest is one to add to your bucket list. The Daintree Entomological Museum is home to quite a collection of rare and local insects including species of butterflies, moths, beetles and more.

Visitors, especially children, are often dazzled with these unique and extraordinary species. Below is a list of the most common insect sightings found in the Daintree.


There are plenty of beetle species found in the Daintree. They come in different shapes, sizes and colours. Beetle species found in the Daintree Rainforest include the following:

  • Auger beetle Bostrichida
  • Brentidae beetle
  • Rhinoceros beetle
  • Longicorn Beetle
  • Caddis Fly Larvae


Spiders are everywhere in the Daintree Rainforest living on dry rocks, branches or trunks.

Some of the most common spiders found in the Daintree are:

  • Golden Orb Spider
  • Lichen Spider
  • Wolf Spider
    • Northern Jewelled Spider
  • Two Spined Spider


Moths are insects often confused with butterflies. Moths are often seen at night while butterflies are active during daylight. However, there are some moth species seen in the late afternoon such as the Giant Wood Moth. Other moth species spotted in the Daintree are:

  • Fruit-Piercing Moth
  • Joseph’s Coat Moth
  • Hercules Moth
  • Hawk Moth


The Daintree is one of the best places in Australia to see these colourful wonders of nature. They are often seen in the wet tropics during the hotter months. There are plenty of butterfly species to watch in the Daintree Rainforest, these are:

  • Swallow-tail butterfly
  • Sword-tail Butterfly
  • Cruiser Butterfly
  • Jezabel Butterfly
  • Blues butterfly
  • Triangle butterfly

The Daintree Rainforest is home to many mini beasts and insects. We invite you to come and see these tiny creatures in a Daintree discovery adventure. Book your Daintree rainforest tours with us for a fun, informative and hassle-free nature experience.

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