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Goliath Birdwing Butterfly (male)

Ornithoptera goliath


Taken at exhibit in Columbus Oh The tird largest butterfly in the world. The males have black, yellow and green wings and a yellow and black body, while the females are brown and white on the top wings and yellow on the bottom wings. The female is typically larger than the male. Flight is leisurely, but controlled and powerful. Males pursue their females for long distances, rising high over the forest canopy then folding their wings and diving down to tree level to mate, even though they risk hindwing damage by the sharp tarsal claws of females.

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aditi.812 12 years ago

Its a Goliath Birdwing. Saw some photographs here..

There is a wiki page on them, but sadly none that shows the back wing view that you have in your shot.
Love their colouring though.

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Columbus, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Apr 23, 2011
Submitted on Aug 23, 2011

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