Why: Cat Tien National Park, a UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve, is a haven for insect and butterfly enthusiasts. Its diverse ecosystems, ranging from tropical forests to wetlands, are home to a myriad of butterfly species and other fascinating insects, making it a prime location for entomological exploration.
When: The best period for this tour is during the transition from the dry to the wet season, typically from April to June. This is when many butterfly species are most active, and the park’s flora is in full bloom, attracting a plethora of insects.
What: Over the 3-day expedition, participants will:
Engage in guided treks to explore various habitats, focusing on butterfly hotspots.
Participate in night walks to observe nocturnal insects.
Document and photograph the diverse species encountered.
How: The tour unfolds as follows:
Day 1: Arrival & Introduction to Cat Tien’s Insect World
Arrive at Cat Tien National Park.
Check-in and lunch at the park’s accommodation.
Introductory session on the park’s butterfly and insect diversity.
Guided trek to explore primary habitats, focusing on butterfly-rich zones.
Dinner followed by a night walk to spot nocturnal insects like beetles, moths, and stick insects.
Day 2: Deep Dive into Butterfly & Insect Exploration
Breakfast at the accommodation.
Full-day exploration of different park zones, including wetlands and forest edges, known for diverse insect populations.
Visit to specific areas like the Heavenly Rapids, where many butterfly species congregate.
Recap of the day’s sightings.
Night exploration focusing on unique insect behaviors, like bioluminescent beetles.
Day 3: Final Exploration & Departure
Early morning trek to capture the beauty of butterflies in the soft morning light.
Breakfast and a wrap-up session, discussing the species documented during the tour.
Lunch and free time for last-minute exploration or relaxation.
Departure from Cat Tien National Park.
Highlight Species in Cat Tien National Park:
Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon)
Red Helen (Papilio helenus)
Peacock Pansy (Junonia almana)
Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas)
Lantern Bug (Pyrops candelaria)
Stick Insect (Phasmatodea)
This tour offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into the entomological wonders of Cat Tien National Park, combining hands-on exploration with educational insights. Whether you’re an avid butterfly lover or a curious explorer, this expedition promises a memorable experience.