Cairns Birdwing Detail II by Damienne Bingham

Detail of the wing of a Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion)

Kuranda Butterfly Farm
Cairns, Australia. 2010.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
f/4.0, 1/100s, ISO 400, RAW

The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) is Australia’s largest endemic butterfly species.

Females have a wingspan reaching of up to 16 cm, males are usually a few centimeters smaller. A closely allied species, the New Guinea or Priam’s Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) reaches 19 cm and is the largest butterfly species found in Australia, but it is not endemic.

Males have a predominately black upper wing with emerald green flashes, however the female lacks the green coloring, having a plain black upper wing with white patches. The female is the larger of the two sexes. The larvae or caterpillars of this species breed on several species of pipe vine, including Aristolochia tagala and Pararistolochia deltantha. The latter species is more commonly used at altitude, with A. tagala used at sea level.

Cairns Birdwings are found southwards from Mount Webb and Cooktown to Mackay in Queensland. Its favoured habitat is primary rainforest, although the species will breed readily in a home garden if the correct larval host plants are grown. (care of Wikipedia)

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  • Holly Werner
    Holly Wernerabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks Holly!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • Christina Rollo
    Christina Rolloabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful detail and color!

  • Thank you Christina, glad you like it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Hugh

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 4 years ago

  • flyfish70
    flyfish70about 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much, that’s so lovely!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroabout 4 years ago

    Great crop here…good eye!(always)
    Fantastic piece!

  • Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Thank you Andrea

    – Damienne Bingham

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 4 years ago

  • VallaV
    VallaVabout 4 years ago

    great detail!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

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