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A Cairn's Birdwing / Female (Ornithoptera euphorion (best viewed large)

By gconant  
Also known as the Cooktown Birdwing or the Northern Birdwing
Indigenous to South East Asia and Australia.
Cairn's Birdwings are large, with wingspans up to 6", and the average body length is 3".
They need to breed quickly upon emerging, because their life expectancy is only 4 - 5 weeks.
All Birdwings are now listed by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.)
The female has black striations on the body, and its wings are white, yellow and black, where the male has no striations on the body, and teal, yellow and black wings.


Tags: Butterflies Wildlife and nature Lepidoptery Cairns Birdwings Northern Birdwings Ornithoptera euphorion Cooktown Birdwing

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dales Plus
5 13 Australia
16 Aug 2020 12:16AM
This is a beauty Glenn , excellent macro shot !
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2020 12:20AM
Another splendid butterfly Image Glenn 😊

16 Aug 2020 12:26AM
Beautiful butterfly Glenn, super image,
16 Aug 2020 12:58AM
A beautiful macro image of this Cairn's Birdwing.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
16 Aug 2020 12:59AM
This one is indeed very fancy!
16 Aug 2020 1:16AM
A wonderful photo and capture, Glenn. Do you travel to get these photos?

Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
16 Aug 2020 3:02AM
This is so lovely.
johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
16 Aug 2020 7:53AM
Beautiful !
16 Aug 2020 9:09AM
A lovely capture, Glenn.SmileSmile
16 Aug 2020 11:05AM
Beautiful image
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
16 Aug 2020 2:55PM
Awesome 👏 detailed macro Glenn Sherman
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 168 16 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2020 4:32PM
A great imageSmileSmile

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2020 8:02PM
Lovely subject, lovely image Glenn !!
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