This butterfly known as the Richmond birdwing butterfly seemed to just disappear from Queensland Australia, and had not been seen for over 50 years. This butterfly is one of Australia’s largest with a wingspan of 16 cm or 6.3 inches in females and 13 cm or 5.1 inches in males, so you can imagine the beauty of this butterfly being so large.
The butterfly was rediscovered here in Queensland in the Gold Coast Hinterland while they were building the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (Travelrat has a good post on the Skywalk with his own video, check it out) One of the workers building the Skywalk who is a local, recognised the butterfly. What are the odds? The butterfly is now on the vulnerable species list, but has since been seen in other parts of Queensland as well.
There is a good article about the rediscovery of the butterfly in the Courier Mail.
If you would like to learn more about the butterfly itself, the best I found was from the
Wildlife and Ecosystems on the Queensland Government website.
Other Australian animals from my blog:
- Rarest Mammal in The World: Australia (Video)
- Cuscus: Australian Animal (Video)
- Spotted-Tail Quoll: Australia (Video)
- Brave Dog wins Medal: Our Aussie War Hero Sarbi
- Leafy Sea Dragon: Australia
- Australian Crocodiles (Video)
- Kookaburra: Australian Bird (Video)