Bring back the birdwing butterfly
BRINGING the Richmond birdwing butterfly back to the Fraser Coast was the topic of an information seminar that attracted about 45 people in Maryborough on Saturday.
The seminar was organised by the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee and featured speakers who were experts in the butterfly field.
It covered scientific-based information as well as activities that could bring the butterfly back to our area.
Organiser Eva Ford said the range of the Richmond birdwing butterfly had contracted because of clearing.
“It used to be found from Coffs Harbour up to River Heads but now the northern end of the range has contracted back to the Kin Kin and Eumundi area,” she said.
“The caterpillar relies on a vine that grows in lowland rainforest, the Pararistolichia praevenosa vine, which is commonly known as the Richmond birdwing vine.
“People can plant the vine in moist but well-drained areas of their yard and we encourage people to plant a lot of the vines if they have space, because the caterpillars are very hungry and eat a lot.”
The Richmond birdwing vine is available locally by calling John Eggleston on 4128 6272.