Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia) is
one of the largest butterflies found in South East Queensland and
Northern New South Wales. This beautiful butterfly, the male of
which has brilliant green and black wings and bright red splash
on its thorax, was once found in great numbers from the Mary River
Heads in Queensland to the Clarence River in New south Wales and
west to the Great Dividing Range.
Since the early 1900s, the range of the butterfly has become severely
restricted. By the beginning of the 21st century, its distribution
was reduced to two distinct populations, one on the Sunshine Coast
and one stretching from the Gold Coast and its hinterland to the
more northern parts of Northen New South Wales. Brisbane and its
environs no longer has a stable and viable Richmond Birdwing Population,
although sightings are more frequent in wet weather years encouraged
by a frenzy of planting activities in the Brisbane suburbs over
the last two decades.
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to the survival of this butterfly.