|Queen Alexandra's Birdwing|
|Scientific Name||Ornithoptera alexandrae|
|Distribution||Eastern New Guinea|
|Size||♂ (wingspan 15-20cm), ♀ ( wingspan 20-31cm)|
The Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae) is a large and very scarce butterfly endemic to New Guinea. The females have been known as the largest butterfly in the world.
The size of the butterfly often caused people to collect them by shooting them with shotguns. Trade of the species is now illegal due to dropping populations.in the black market they sell up to $10,000
This endangered butterfly is found in a small forest area near Popondetta and the Oro Province.
The species inhabits ancient rainforests in New Guinea where it lives in the upper canopy. The species is considered very rare globally but it is locally common.
The larvae feed on Pipe-vines in the genus Pararistolochia.
Other birdwings in the genus Ornithoptera are often mistaken for the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing.though wingshape and the markings are different
In Popular MediaEdit
In Animal crossing this appears as a catchable insect called the Birdwing,as well as Here be monsters where its called the queen alexandras birdwing