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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Kipandi Butterfly Park

After looking for pictures worth posting, I ended up looking at my last visit to Kipandi Butterfly Park pictures.

Here are some of the information about the park:

The Kipandi Butterfly Park is located at the Kg. Kipandi, Moyog about 36km from Kota Kinabalu city via Penampang-Tambunan road and can be easily reach from Kota Kinabalu. It’s great place to relax, in the mountain air of the Crocker Range.

The Park surrounded by the hills of the Crocker Range and lies at 700m altitude and rich in entomofauna. It’s great place to relax, in the mountain air of the Crocker Range. It’s a great place to photography these beautiful butterflies, native orchids, exotic flowering plants and the amazing insects collection especially the butterflies and beetles.

The Crocker Range is among the best insects diversity in Sabah. Many rare and endemic species of butterflies and beetles which only can found in this range, especially the family of stag beetles(Lucanidae) like Cyclommatus chewi, Odontolabis katsurai and Odontolabis schenki among the rare and localized species it known only from the mountain forests surrounding Crocker Range and endemic of Sabah.

Over 100 species of butterflies have been recorded in the park area and many butterflies come into the garden to suck nectar from many flowering shrubs, including the most rare and endemic mountains species butterflies family of Papilionidae especially Graphium procles, Graphium stratiotes and Troides andromache (Borneo Birdwing).

My personal experience about the park:

* Cool and refreshing air :)

* Many flowers and rare plants :)

* Good park assistants :)

The rare Pitcher Plant

Orchids are also available there

If you're lucky, you might be able to see and touch the caterpillars. Like this students did. * Butterfly caterpillars are different than Moth caterpillars. They are more spiky and colourful and do not cause itchiness when you touch them.

The park workers then put the caterpillar cocoons into a special hut which is covered by nets to prevent predators from devouring them. Little did I know that there are actually many animals who enjoys eating them such as birds and if I'm not mistaken the workers there also said rats! erm..correct me if I'm wrong.

The butterflies are then preserved and displayed at the exhibition room. You can also see many insects such as spiders etc. Some of the specimens are from overseas so its a very informative experience if you have the chance to visit this park.

For more information please visit this site:

or just Google Kipandi Butterfly Park

From http://kipandipark.com/ more information also available at http://www.sabahtourism.com/en/destination/181-kipandi-butterfly-park/ (okay, this is obviously free advertisement! but nevermind I am just trying to promote sabah!)

* the first image is taken from kipandipark.com

Good day everyone!

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