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Butterflies of New Guinea - Ornithoptera tithonus - Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is home to the world's largest butterfly - the "Ornithoptera alexandrae" or Queen Alexandra birdwing. Its wingspan can grow to Queen Alexandra only breeds and lives in .

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly ~ They are fussy butterflies who lay eggs on native rainforest Pipe Vines. Females find the ideal vine using chemical receptors in their legs and abdomen to ‘sense’ tender, caterpillar-friendly leaves. Newly hatched caterpillars eat their own nutritious egg shell, and will even eat other caterpillars if times are tough. Caterpillars are brightly coloured to ward off predators, and store toxins absorbed from Pipe Vines so attackers won’t make the same mistake twice!

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera euphorian), Australias largest native butterfly species, photograph by Cindy Dyer beautiful-butterflies-moths-and-more

*TEINOPALPUS AUREUS ~    Surely one of the world's most gorgeous butterflies, Teinopalpus aureus also sports one of the most inharmonious common names out there: "The Golden Kaiser-i-Hind." Don't ask me; I don't know. The shimmering greens, golds, and purples of the large swallowtail have made it a favorite among collectors. The closely related T. imperialis is every bit as beautiful and is also rare and protected against collecting.

Top 10 Rare or Endangered Butterflies

Amazing rare butterfly from China, The Golden Kaiser-i-Hind (Teinopalpus aureus)

babydoll1976:    “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne

༺ ʚįɞ Beautiful ༻ :: Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, Native to Australia

Tithonus Birdwing(Ornithoptera tithonus) native to Papua New guinea, this butterfly like all birdwing butterflies is a CITES protected species.

The Tithonus Birdwing (Ornithoptera tithonus) is a species of birdwing butterfly is found on Irian and other neighbouring islands.Ornithoptera tithonus is.

** Birdwing Butterfly

Common Birdwing Butterfly So eye catching against the orange flower head.

TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): Images from an Australian rainforest

An adult, male Cairns birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion). Photo Credit: From Rainforest Country by Kaisa and Stanley Breeden