It is a real pleasure to watch butterflies flit from flower to flower in your garden with all their beauty and grace. Butterflies are primarily a tropical group of insects, so with the Redland's sub-tropical climate, over 120 species of butterfly are found here. Some of the local butterflies are very rare, like the Richmond Birdwing and Illidge's Ant-blue Butterflies.
The Butterfly Garden displays local plants that are hosts during the butterfly larval (caterpillar) stage and plants that will provide adult butterflies with food. By planting a variety of flowering plants, not only will they look great, they provide butterflies with an abundance of nectar.
Most butterfly larvae are very specialised feeders, dependent on just one plant type or a group of related plants for hosts. Shrinking bushland areas have led to the decline of many plant species and the butterflies that depend on them. Attracting a certain type of local butterfly to your back yard is often as simple as planting their particular host plant.
The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is our largest and arguably our most spectacular local butterfly. like many butterflies, it relies on a single host plant called Birdwing Vine, Pararistolochia praevenosa, to complete its life cycle. With the clearing of rainforests, this vine has become rare in South-east Queensland, and so too has the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. By including several Birdwing Vines in your garden you may be pleasantly surprised by a visit from this vulnerable butterfly.
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