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Fruit of the brown tulip oak (Argyrodendron trifoliolatum). When caught in the wind, the propeller-like fruit twirl over and through the forest – carrying the seeds well away from the parent tree.
The pink flesh and blue-black seed of lantern tree (Hernandia nymphaeifolia) fruits.
Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis rosenstromii) grow in damp gorges and as they move in the breeze resemble fluttering insects.
An aptly-named harlequin bug (Tectocoris diophthalmus).
A Boyd’s rainforest dragon (Hypsilurus boydii) camouflaged in sun-dappled rainforest.
An adult, male Cairns birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion).
Cassowaries are covered in black feathers with the exception of the skin on the head and throat, which are brightly coloured red and blue.
Thornton Peak, at 1374, is one of Queensland’s tallest mountains. It overlooks Cow Bay in the Daintree – Cape Tribulation region. This is one of the few places left where rainforest sweeps uninterruptedly from a high peak to the sea.
A close-up of this leopard moth (Bracca rotundata) shows of its softer side.
Caterpillars are as colourful as the moths they grow into, often more so. This is the creeping body of the caterpillar of a noctuid moth (Noctuidae sp.).
Colourful stones where the rainforest meets the beach. Australia’s Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are the only World Heritage-listed areas in the world that share a boundary.
Fallen fruit of the double-seeded plum pine (Podocarpus dispermus) a 20m southern pine. Southern pines have an ancient lineage going back about 365 million years.
The bright orbs of blue quandong (Elaeocarpus grandis) resting on the fallen leaves of the parent tree.
Red beeches (Dillenia alata) are a rainforest tree that shed tactile flaking, tissue-paper bark and boast bright green and pink fruit.
The flowers of the golden penda tree (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) are rich in nectar and attract honeyeaters, lorikeets, sunbirds and flying foxes as well as hosts of insects.
The trembling whiskers of a rainforest dwelling pygmy possum.
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