I took this astonishing photo of one of the most beautiful butterflies in New York City at the Natural History Museum Butterfly Exhibit. It took me quite a bit of time to research the name of this butterfly. The wings of this butterfly are totally black and green when they are open. The photo that I have is portraying the underside of this breathtaking butterfly. Below are some links and information that I discovered about this beautiful creature that inspires me.
Ornithopters euphorion From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“…The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) is a species of birdwing butterfly endemic to northeastern Australia, and is Australia’s largest endemic butterfly species. Other common names include Cooktown Birdwing and Northern Birdwing. The name Cairns in its common name is a reference to the Australian city in the region where this butterfly is found…..”
Ornithopters euphorionphotoplusbyritasim Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. [Phil. 4:5]
“…..Ornithoptera priamus, commonly known as the common green birdwing, Cape York Birdwing, Priam’s Birdwing or Northern Birdwing, is a widespread species of birdwing butterfly found in the central and south Moluccas, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Solomon Islands, and Northeast Australia.
The upperside fore wings are velvety black. There is a green [most races] subcostal stripe and a green [most races] marginal stripe bordering the termen, tormen and dorsum of the wing. The sex brand is black and longish.The underside of the forewing is black. There is a chain of bluish or green postdiscal spots.
The hind wings are green. At the wing leading edge [costa] there is a basal yellow-gold spots. There is also a postdiscal chain of black spots. The edge of the hind wing is black.
The underside is dark-green or bluish. The yellow – golden spots are transparent. The veins are partly black and the marginal edge of wing is black. At the outer edge there is a postdiscal chain of black spots.
The body [abdomen] is yellow. Head and thorax are black. The underside of thorax has a red hair-coat.”
I was thrilled to capture this photo that shows the butterfly using its proboscis which is a long straw-like tube used for drinking. If you notice the butterfly has curled, what I will call its tongue, into a 360 degree perfect circle.
Oh you beautiful papillon!