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Rare Norfolk Swallowtail Butterfly Could Benefit from Conservation Project in Papua New Guinea

The Swallowtail butterfly, only found in the Norfolk Broads, could benefit from a conservation project in Papua New Guinea which is focused on the world’s largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing.

The “habitat enrichment programme” was introduced by members of the palm oil industry and its purpose is to protect the future of the world’s largest butterfly which sports a massive 28cm wingspan. The research focuses on the Birdwing’s food source, and experts believe this could be applied closer to home in the Norfolk Broads for the Swallowtail. Milk parsley is the butterfly larvae’s singular food source.

Photo of Swallowtail Butterfly courtesy of Broads Authority.