In our garden late yesterday afternoon my son found a female Richmond Birdwing Butterfly on the ground. We attempted to place it on the Aristolochia praevenosa vine but she was very “fluttery” with her wings never stopping even when she landed. She fluttered off in the direction of my other fenceline full of the “Birdwing… Continue Reading →
This is the flower of the Birdwing butterfly rainforest vine – Aristolochia praevenosa. It is currently flowering in my garden – as warmer weather looks like it is now approaching I will keep an eye out for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. My Grevillea barklyana is also flowering – I completed a linocut in the past… Continue Reading →
We visited Coffs Harbour Butterfly House yesterday. There were lots of wonderful Cairns Birdwing Butterflies – Ornithoptera priamus – fluttering by… they are such beautiful large butterflies. They are closely related to the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.
It has been way too long since I posted here! I have been using Instagram with short posts which I guess is efficient time wise but it does have it limitations. So I though I’d do an update post of some of the native plants that are currently flowering in my garden. This is a… Continue Reading →
There is a direct relationship between the decline of the local Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and loss of local rainforest habitat. The butterfly is dependent on the rainforest vine – Aristolochia praevenosa. The birdwing caterpillars only food source is this particular vine. With the loss of the ecosystems that supported this vine so has… Continue Reading →