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Cairns Birdwing

Ornithoptera euphorion

Description:

Large colourful butterfly, wingspan ~15cm. Most active mid-morning. Circled the host plant many times and laid numerous eggs. Hard to photograph as it never came to rest. Always flapping its wings even when laying her eggs. Pearlescent eggs about 2mm diameter.

Habitat:

Host plant Dutchman's Pipe or Aristolochia tagala. Vine has flowers and green fruit/seed pods (May). Suburban backyard, Clifton Beach QLD

Notes:

A male Clearwing Swallowtail was very territorial wrt the Aristolochia vine. When the Cairns Birdwing approached it tried to chase it away.

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1 Comment

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Beautiful butterfly. Thanks for sharing this, Andrea.

Andrea Lim
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Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on May 3, 2020
Submitted on May 4, 2020

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