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Macadamia growers fight to save endangered native butterfly

Macadamia growers fight to save endangered native butterfly



13 April 2012
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Australian macadamia growers are planting seeds to rescue one of Australia's largest and most stunning native butterflies from extinction as a result of increasing urban sprawl and population growth over the last decade.

Hundreds of Richmond Birdwing vines (Pararistolochia praevenosa) necessary for the endangered Birdwing butterfly to lay its eggs on, and for caterpillars to munch on, are being planted across macadamia growing regions in an attempt to save the rare species from disappearing.

Judy and Bob Howard, macadamia growers from Newrybar in northern New South Wales, are leading the way. Several vines are already established on their farm with plans to produce more in the coming years.

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