26 May 2005
Learn about the Richmond birdwing butterfly
Caloundra City residents and visitors will be able to learn why the Richmond birdwing butterfly has become a symbol of conservation at a presentation at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve's Education Centre next month.
Butterflies have become the flagship species for insect conservation worldwide, highlighting the delicate balance of our natural environment.
Caloundra City Mayor, Don Aldous, said the spectacular Richmond birdwing butterfly, found only between Maryborough and the Clarence River in New South Wales, is now listed as vulnerable in Queensland.
"This magnificent insect depends on the Richmond birdwing vine as a food source for its larvae and this dependency has highlighted the fragile nature of our ecosystems and the effects of habitat destruction," Cr Aldous said.
Many community groups are now planting these vines to encourage the butterfly to breed and increase numbers in the region.
On Monday June 6, Sue Scott, co-editor of the book Conservation of Birdwing Butterflies, will share her knowledge on the butterfly with locals.
The presentation, to be held from 6.30pm, will be given for the cost of a gold coin donation per person.
Caloundra City Council:
Phone 1300 650 112 (local), (07) 5420 8200 (outside the Sunshine Coast) or +61 7 5420 8200 (international)
Post: PO Box 117 Caloundra 4551 Qld Australia
In person: Omrah Ave, Caloundra, Qld, Australia
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