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Australia's Wet Tropics
Rainforest Life

Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera priamus)

  • This butterfly is also referred to as the Cairns Birdwing.
  • It is the largest species of butterfly found in Australia, where the female has a wingspan of 20cm.
  • It has a slower, more relaxed flight than the Ulysses.
  • It too is found in the rainforest clearings.
  • The male birdwing is coloured in green gold and black.
  • It sometimes sets a territory near the larval food plant, a vigorous large leafed vine (Aristolochia tagala).
  • The males do an early morning patrol of their search of emerging females.
  • Females are often mated as soon as they emerge from their cocoons and it is not unusual for 2 or 3 males to be seen attempting to copulate with one female at once.

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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