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.
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.
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.
Partners in Conservation
Our work to help save the Richmond Bird-wing butterfly is supported by the following organisations and individuals:
- Queensland Government ‘Everyone’s Environment’ Grant Program
- Redland City Council
- Brisbane City Council
- Sunshine Coast Council
- Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland
Find out more about becoming a partner.
For more information on how you can help the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, see Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network.