The vine attracts female birdwings to oviposit, but the foliage is toxic to developing larvae, which die after feeding.
This paper illustrates some of the varied contexts in which Lepidoptera conservation needs have arisen in urban areas of eastern Australia, and the scope of species management plans for three key species: Eltham copper butterfly Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida; Richmond birdwing butterfly Ornithoptera richmondia; and Golden sun-moth Synemon plana).
The wider perspective engendered for the Richmond birdwing is of a wide-ranging, landscape-focused conservation program that still incorporates focal sites, but largely in the context of their roles in enhancing local richness as nodes in promoting connectivity through corridors.
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The male Queensland Birdwings are black and green while the female butterflies, which are black and yellow, grow to be the largest - sometimes seeing their wingspan reach up to 27cm.
Stratford Butterfly Farm is now home to a striking Queensland Birdwing, which has an impressive 22cm wingspan and is one of the biggest varieties of butterfly in the world.
CLOSE UP: Emma Butt with the Queensland Birdwing at the Butterfly Farm, Stratford
Although protected by law, birdwings are continually threatened as their rainforest habitat is destroyed to make way for plantations.
This image of a birdwing butterfly, included in the National Academies' permanent art collection, is part of Rosamond Purcell's larger body of work in which she photographed specimens at natural history museums around the world.
The birdwings originate from the humid rainforests of New Guinea and northern Australia.
The Priam's Birdwing can achieve a 20-centimetre wingspan, which is about as big as a sparrow.
This is a well-meaning book, designed to encourage children to help protect the birdwing