The Cairns Birdwing is a species of birdwing butterfly endemic to northeastern Australia. Other common names include Cooktown Birdwing and Northern Birdwing.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. Females have a wingspan reaching of up to 150 mm, males - 125 mm. Adults are freely attracted to flowers, including Lantana, Hibiscus and Bougainvillea.
Its favoured habitat is primary rainforest, although the species will breed readily in a home garden if the correct larval host plants are grown.
@ Garden center. The species is abundant throughout its range and is not threatened.
Lat: 26.13, Long: -80.14
Spotted on Jun 2, 2012
Submitted on Jun 4, 2012
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