SBBT is delighted to announce World Swallowtail Day, taking place this year on Sunday 9th June. All are welcome to register their local event or come to Wheatfen Reserve in Norfolk for the global launch. Reserves, zoos, butterfly houses and botanical gardens worldwide will join hands to celebrate swallowtails and birdwings and help us to promote conservation projects.
Fieldwork on Jamaica’s Homerus Swallowtail has been recorded in a new video by John Parnell and published on the SBBT project page today. In this SBBT-sponsored initiative, Eric Garraway’s team take tiny wing samples to test for DNA differences between two populations. The results will steer conservation planning for this CITES Appendix 1 endangered species.
SBBT has begun to publish videos on conservation challenges for swallowtails on its website project pages. Darren Howat’s film, “Conservation of the British Swallowtail”, summarises the Trust’s June 2018 workshop when sea-level rise and salinisation of the Norfolk Broads were discussed. A film “Kinabalu Swallowtail” by Stephen Sutton and his team in Sabah, emphasises vulnerability of […]
Following a lead from work by Operation Wallacea in 2017 on Fiji’s Natewa Peninsula, SBBT Associates joined local entomologist Visheshni Chandra a year later and collected several specimens in the rainforests there. The discovery was recently described as a new species, Papilio natewa, the Natewa Swallowtail.
SBBT Associate Clive Huggins returns from a butterfly survey in the Caribbean island of Dominica to report that the endemic Polydamas swallowtail subspecies is widespread despite the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. The butterfly’s Aristolochia vine foodplant may have become more prevalent as the storm opened up the canopy and felled many mature forest trees.