Ornithoptera paradisea arfakensis
Ornithoptera paradisea belongs to the family PAPILIONIDAE or Swallowtail butterflies. This subspecies is endemic to the Arfak mountains. Adult males fly high around trees rarely descending to the ground except to feed on flowers. O. paradisea is strongly sexually dimorphic and the significantly larger female covers the upper range of the wingspan.Her basic colour is dark-brown. The wingspan of a Birdwing can be 6-8 inches across, or 15-21 cms.
Seen in the Arfak Mountains, West Papua, Indonesia at around 5,175 ft, or 1,580m
The habitat of Ornithoptera paradisea is lowland or montane primary forest. Ornithoptera paradisea arfakensis is a very distinct purely high-altitude subspecies, and the distribution is separated from that of the nominate subspecies. Considered a full species by some recent authors.
Lat: -1.12, Long: 133.97
Spotted on Oct 12, 2018
Submitted on Nov 20, 2018