The Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust has entered into an agreement to cooperate with Operation Wallacea in a survey of the butterfly fauna of the relatively isolated Natewa Peninsula on Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands.
In 2017 Operation Wallace undertook a preliminary survey of the Natewa Peninsula and, amongst their many findings, photographed (but did not capture) butterflies that they submitted to the Trust for an identification. There is only one species of papilionid known on the Fiji Islands, Papilio schmeltzii, a relatively common species, but further survey work is needed.
With the exciting prospect of completing a thorough survey in this remote region, the Trust has brought together a two-man team of expert associates, John Tennent and Richard Markham, to take part in Operation Wallacea’s 2018 survey in July and August this year. John and Richard are charged with carrying out a full butterfly survey of the peninsula, a task that has not previously been undertaken. We look forward to the results!! They will be supported by expert SBBT associates Adam Cotton in Thailand and Dick Vane-Wright in UK, with botanical backup from Sara Oldfield also in UK.
Operation Wallacea has activities in many other sites rich in birdwings, swallowtails and other butterflies, and the Trust looks forward to working alongside “OpWall” as it is often known, in our shared objectives of research and conservation.
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