SBBT has given a grant to the Queensland Wildlife Preservation Society for foodplant vines needed to rear this Vulnerable species in captivity and release the pupae and adults back to the wild. Volunteers across Queensland and New South Wales give their time freely to reverse the threats to this spectacular species.
SBBT’s Kinabalu Birdwing project headed by Stephen Sutton is to benefit from an HSBC Amanah grant to teach young people about the birdwing’s importance as a flagship species in this UNESCO World Heritage site in Sabah. Amongst other activities, they will create a traditional Dusun dance based around the butterfly’s courtship behaviour.
SBBT Trustees recently visited the Stratford Butterfly Farm, where the stunning display is from captive-reared stock. Stratford supports the Homerus Alliance, set up to save Jamaica’s endangered Homerus Swallowtail, the Western Hemisphere’s largest butterfly and a target species for the Trust. Exploratory discussions focused on how we might assist this excellent cause.
Dr Darren Bito has been appointed to the position of Entomologist at the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Project in Papua New Guinea, for which the Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust is providing technical and scientific support. Dr Bito, who holds a degree and master’s from the University of PNG and a PhD from Griffiths University in Queensland, […]
SBBT is delighted that Prof Dick Vane-Wright has agreed to become our Honorary Advisor on Butterfly Taxonomy. Formerly curator of the world’s largest collection of butterflies and other insects at London’s Natural History Museum, Dick now writes on global conservation and development as well as butterflies and teaches at universities in Canterbury.