Home - Guide - Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly

Located

    Queen Alexandra Butterflies are located in Papau New
    Guinea.

Diet

    The Queen Alexandra caterpillar eats a toxic pipevine
    plant, the Aristolochia schlecteri, on which it is hatched.  
    The adult will feed on the liquid nectar of flowers.

Habitat

    The Queen Alexandra lives in a small part of Papau New
    Guinea in the rainforests.

Size

    The Queen Alexandra's wingspan can be as large as 10 -
    12 inches.

Reproduction

    Queen Alexandra Butterflies lay eggs on the toxic
    Aristolochia schlecteri pipevine plant.  When the
    caterpillars ingest this plant, they become toxic to
    predators that eat them.
 
 
Taxonomy
Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:   Arthropoda
Class:   Insecta
Order:   Lepidoptera
Family:   Papilionidae
Genus:   Ornithoptera
Species:    alexandrae
Location
Image
IUCN Status:
Endangered
© Photographer: Robert Nash,
Curator of entomology, Ulster
Museum
Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly
(Ornithoptera alexandrae)
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