Female Cairns Birdwing - Ornithoptera euphorion by Lepidoptera

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Female Cairns Birdwing – Ornithoptera euphorion

The Cairns Birdwing 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.
Source: Wikipedia

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