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30 September 2017

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Where I come from in Queensland the exotic vine Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia littoralis syn A elegans) is related to the native vine, but creates a further danger for the Richmond Birdwing.

The exotic vine smells exactly the same as its native food plant, so they lay their eggs on it and when the caterpillars hatch and eat its leaf, they die.

This is one of the reasons why the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is endangered (information from the internet).

I suspect the same goes for Oro and the QABB that we commonly referred to as the Popondetta Birdwing when I was posted there 1969 to 1973.

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