Kuranda Butterfly Farm
Cairns, Australia. 2010.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
f/4.0, 1/20s, ISO 800
RAW. As is.

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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  • Kent Tisher
    Kent Tisheralmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks Kent!

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

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

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  • eleveneleven
    elevenelevenalmost 4 years ago

    this is mindblowingly good! :D

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  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent Damienne, love it!

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  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstonealmost 4 years ago

    WOW!! Stunning work Damienne!!!

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  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakalmost 4 years ago

    Impressive macro. Love the saturated colours!

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  • Stephen Maxwell
    Stephen Maxwellalmost 4 years ago

    Outstanding image.

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  • SPFisher
    SPFisheralmost 4 years ago

    wow!! stunning texture, vibrant colour – it makes for an amazing abstract

  • Thanks Simone, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Roxy66
    Roxy66almost 4 years ago

    absolutelly love the colours!!!!

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  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 4 years ago

    How on earth did you get this guy to sit still? I’ve tried and they all seem to move!! LOL Super close up!

  • You’re right, they’re usually very fast! I was lucky this guy was enjoying having a relax on a leaf. Glad you enjoyed it!

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