Dear editor, I totally agree that it's logging and other forms of habitat destruction like clearing virgin rain forest for planting Oil Palm trees that is causing decline in butterflies. Not collecting for trade.
I'm originally from Malaysia and I am sad to see that much of the pristine rain forest have been cleared and destroyed to plant Oil Palm trees.
The government has banned the collection and trade of Raja Broke's birdwing butterflies but it's actually their policy of allowing jungle clearing that is killing these butterflies. CITIES is totally out of touch!
Btw, can any of your readers please give me any butterfly collecting tour contacts you have in the Solomon islands? I would like to visit and collect this coming December.
Butterfly collecting and trade in the Solomon Island
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