Wednesday, October 24, 2007

One Big Butterfly

The world's largest butterfly known as Queen Alexandra Birdwing can reach a wingspan of 31cm (14 inches), a body length of 8 cm (3.2 inches) and a body mass of up to 12 grams (0.42 oz), all enormous measurements for a butterfly.

Not only are these magnificent creatures extraordinarily beautiful, they are also very rare. Queen Alexandra birdwings are found living only in remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. Alexandras are endangered, and very rarely seen by people, even in their native habitat, because they spend much of their short lifespan in adult form (about 3 to 4 months) floating above the jungle canopy.

2 comments:

butterfly expert said...

That's an atlas moth in the photo. The atlas moth is currently tied for largest moth. The birdwing has aqua and blue on the wings, which are shaped much differently from this moths.

two feathers said...

Hey thanks for the info. I guess it goes to show that you can't believe everything you see on the internet!