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Female Richmond birdwing feeding on Pentas.
Photo © Linda Hansbauer

Female Richmond birdwing feeding on Pentas.Photo © Linda Hansbauer (Ornithoptera richmondia) Introduction The Richmond birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia) is the largest subtropical Australian butterfly.  It was once abundant from Maryborough in southern Queensland to Grafton in northern NSW, breeding in rainforest habitat wherever the food plants were plentiful.  Much of this land was eagerly sought …

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Great Carpenter Bee on Grewia occidentalis
Photo © Jenny Thynne

Xylocopa (Koptortosoma) aruana and Xylocopa (Koptortosoma) lieftincki Introduction Great Carpenter Bee on Grewia occidentalisPhoto © Jenny Thynne Australia has more than 1600 species of native bees, among which some of the largest are the two groups of carpenter bees: Xylocopa (Koptortosoma) and Xylocopa (Lestis).  Species in the subgenus Lestis are metallic green in colour, while …

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Boggomoss snail.
Photo © John Stanisic

(Adclarkia dawsonensis) Introduction Boggomoss snail.Photo © John Stanisic The boggomoss snail (Adclarkia dawsonensis), also known as the Dawson Valley snail, is an exceptionally rare Queensland endemic species with only two known populations existing in the Dawson Valley near Taroom. One of these populations occurs on a boggomoss (aquifer-fed moist environment) on Mt Rose Station and …

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