I quite agree that it is the silly ass of a law that will probably see the extinction of O. alexandrae. Put it on Cities two and farm the butterfly legally before its too late. All CITES 1 is doing is providing big money for racketeers. In truth the actual villagers where these specimens are being obtained, see very little of the enormous cash sums these butterflies reach on ebay and elsewhere.
I have it on good authority (which I can't quote) that O. alexandrae will very soon be downgraded to Cites schedule II. This will allow it to be traded and the money ploughed back in to the local communities which will hopefully save the populations. One would hope that they only release the odd pair for trade every few months to maintain the price and maximise the money put back into conservation.
Since Adam placed the link the other day, I reported the item to ebay for violation of their rules, daily for the past 3 days - last time yesterday - so they were a bit slow to remove it. I think that we as a community must do our utmost to distance ourselves from any trade in list 1 species as this may give us a unnecessary negative reputation - whether we agree with this species placement on list 1, or not.
I love the ebay note with this O. alexandrae specimen. "Please allow additional time if international delivery is subject to customs processing." This specimen had discussions on social media both in English and Japanese, it was certainly in the spotlight. I find quite remarkable that even though this butterfly is confined to a few small pocket's of disappearing rainforest, some surviving among oil plantations, certain collectors are obsessed with it being common and mention that the large amounts a few will pay on the black market, does not reflect its obvious rarity but just the fact it is supposed to be protected by law. If it is ever downgraded to Cites 2, which I very much doubt due to its limited distribution, the price for a bred pair will in my opinion be much higher than those that wish to have them suppose. Take a look at the hybrid allotei, yes its much cheaper than it once was, but even though there are "lots" around, they are certainly not at the cheaper end of the birdwing market.