Ornithoptera priamus: Priam’s Birdwing Butterfly

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.[1] 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.”

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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.

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Oh you beautiful papillon!

2 thoughts on “Ornithoptera priamus: Priam’s Birdwing Butterfly

  1. Some butterflies migrate and others don’t.Do butterflies migrate?

    This information was found on The National Butterfly Association Site:http://www.naba.org/qanda.html

    “…..Yes. Many butterflies that spend the summer in temperate North America cannot survive northern winters. Each year, as the weather becomes warmer, butterflies from Mexico and the southern United States fly north to repopulate these regions. Species that move northward each year include Cloudless Sulphur, Little Yellow, Gulf Fritillary, Painted Lady, American Lady, Red Admiral, Common Buckeye, Long-tailed Skipper, Clouded Skipper, Fiery Skipper, Sachem, and Ocola Skipper. For most species these northward dispersals are gradual, but, in especially good years, one can see Painted Ladies, Cloudless Sulphurs or Clouded Skippers streaming northward along migratory routes.
    For some species the reverse migration, south in the fall, is more obvious. Cloudless Sulphurs, Mourning Cloaks, Question Marks, and especially Queens and Monarchs can sometimes be found moving southward in groups of thousands. Exactly where all of these butterflies go is not known. Monarchs are the most well-known of migratory butterflies. But even here our knowledge is limited. We know that most of the Monarchs from west of the Rocky Mountains spend the winter along the California coast while those from central North America spend the winter in roosts in the mountains of central Mexico. But what about the Monarchs from the Atlantic seaboard? Although it seems that many of them also migrate to the same Mexican mountain overwintering sites, others may travel to, and through, Florida, perhaps flying on to undiscovered sites in the Caribbean and/or the Yucatan Peninsula. On the other hand, perhaps northern Monarchs that enter the peninsula don’t survive the winter and, for them, Florida is a dead end. Some Monarchs do seem to overwinter in Florida, but these may be largely members of resident, non-migratory, populations. At this point, we just don’t know…..”

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