We have had great success attracting Richmond Birdwing butterflies to our place.

Just about any day we can wander outside and see at least one male or female within a couple of minutes.

The record is four males and one female in sight at once.

More info about the Richmond birdwing butterfly and how to obtain and grow the food plant vines
can be obtained from the Richmond Birdwing Recovery Network Inc. (dsands@bigpond.net.au)
or Secretary, RBRN, PO Box 855 Kenmore Qld 4069. They are really helpful.

You can also download RBRN information and membership form.

We planted the first vine in around 2000. Several more are growing, but nowhere near as big as this one (10m up a tree).

The beautiful spiral shape came from a rope I used for the vine to grow on. It was just an idea at the time, but it worked.

Now the vine, after stalling for a couple of years, is starting to grow out the side branches and attempt to go up the trunk.

The flower is quite petite...about 3cm long.

It is hard to get a shot down the throat of the flower, they are all hanging way out there...

The fruit is about the size of a macadamia nut.

Apparently the fact that there is fruit means we have some sort of specific midge that lives around the base of the vine and pollinates the flower.

This one is immature. When mature it turns orange and soft.

I have heard they are easy to propagate...I haven't had any luck yet.

The caterpillars prefer the soft tips of growing shoots and when they are gone will settle for the tougher leaves.

I wonder if this is actually beneficial for the plant, the natural method of "tipping" which encourages branches.

Multiple catterpillars. Have seen as many as nine on vine at once.

There is a "fact" that seems to be perpetuated that more than a couple of caterpillars can strip a vine bare. Maybe on a small vine, but we have had many many caterpillars at once and they don't make a dent.

Male in flight. Best photo I have taken.

It looks like he has landed but this is actually a lucky mid flight shot. They seem to never land.

The bottom image is from somewhere on the web, in focus.

Male (on right) mating with newly emerged female. Note that the male is standing on the empty chrysalis shell and there is another empty chysalis (emerged a week earlier) lower right.

Jan 21 2007