Male Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

The stunning Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia) is a colourful visitor to southeast Queensland and one of Australia’s largest butterflies. However this once common butterfly is in danger of flitting out of existence.

Clearing of native food plants and invasions of a poisonous weed have drastically reduced numbers and fragmented populations. A noxious, introduced vine that is nearly identical to their native food source causes the butterfly to mistakenly lay their eggs on this vine, which in turn poisons the emerging caterpillars.


Richmond Birdwing Butterfly – Stunning beauty but under threat from poisonous plant !

Species: Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia)
Location: Queensland
Status: Vulnerable (Queensland)
Threats: loss of habitat and poisoning from eating invasive weed
Our work: weed removal, vegetation plantings  community education

Taking Action to conserve the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Conservation Volunteers is working hard to remove the toxic introduced species and replace them with healthy vine varieties to improve butterfly habitat in this area and their chances for survival.

You can get involved with these important activities and volunteer on the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane or assist with this project with a donation – and together we can ensure that this butterfly continues to have a Wild Future.

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Melboure VIC Xin Pei

You can make a difference – ask us how

Help save the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Together we are the difference.

We need your continued support to safeguard the survival of Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and their habitats along with other species across the country.


Would you like to give the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly a wild future? You can do so by donating through our secure online system.


By volunteering on one of our field projects, you can make a practical contribution and help give the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly a wild future.

Partners in Conservation

Our work to help save the Richmond Bird-wing butterfly is supported by the following organisations and individuals:

Find out more about becoming a partner.

Further Information

For more information on how you can help the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, see  Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network.