Thanks Lepidoptera, now I know that it is Cairns Birdwing Butterfly
Scientific Name: Ornithoptera euphorion
Australia’s largest butterfly with females of this species measuring up to 18cm from wing to wing (Zoo, 2004). The male butterfly is smaller than the female, at around 13 cms.Only the male has streaks of emerald green across their pointed wings. Both have yellow bodies and a bright red thorax. The adult butterfly lives for around 4 to 5 weeks. The coupling of the male and female can last up to 36 hours. They are attracted to the native vine the Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia tagala). Ironically, a different species of this same vine (Aristolochia elegans) are poisonous to the Cairns Birdwing.They live happily in the rainforest, but have also been noted to live in areas without such vegetation such as Magnetic Island.Native to the tropics in the north of Queensland. Feeds on nectar from flowering plants in the rainforest.


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  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 2 years ago

    Meeli this is a Cairns Birdwing and one of the largest butterflies in the world! Here is a link to Wikipedia to read more about this beautiful butterfly!
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

  • Thanks .

    – loiteke

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful work dear Meeli.x

  • Thanks Catherine

    – loiteke

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Stunning capture of this beautiful Butterfly Meeli.

    Cheers Jude xx

  • Thanks Jude

    – loiteke

  • puffin
    puffinover 2 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thanks

    – loiteke

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 2 years ago

    wonderful work!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Charmiene

    – loiteke

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikabout 2 years ago

    Absolutely Gorgeous Capture!

  • Thanks Rose

    – loiteke

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    Lepidopteraabout 2 years ago

    April 16/2012
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    Wish you a Sunny Day with Butterfly Kisses,

  • Wow, thanks so so much.

    – loiteke

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    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    April 24rd, 2012
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  • Oo thanks Mary. Honoured at this feature.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks for comment Ray

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    skreklowabout 2 years ago

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  • Wow is this feature? Thanks for it.

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