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Birdwings
Ornithoptera 1
Scientific Name ornithoptera
Describer
Kingdom Animalia
Class Unknown
Order Lepidoptera
Family Papilionidae
Distribution southeast asia and australia
Size up to 30 cm
Alternative Names
Regional Names 20px-Japan(トリバネアゲハ属)

Ornithoptera or the Birdwings are the largest butterflies on earth.They are found in new guinea and nearby islands.they feed on pipevines.the smallest species is Ornithoptera meriondialis


speciesEdit

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Some examples of Genus Ornithoptera

subgenus: Aetheoptera
subgenus: Ornithoptera
  • Ornithoptera aesacus – Obi Island Birdwing Twenty years ago this was (by far) the world's rarest birdwing species. Now commercially bred.
  • Ornithoptera croesus – Wallace's Golden Birdwing
  • Ornithoptera euphorion – Cairns Birdwing There is a spectacular and rare genetic mutation of this butterfly (less than 40 known examples, all from a single aberrant female) where the males are gold instead of green.
  • Ornithoptera priamus – Common Green Birdwing, Cape York Birdwing, Priam's Birdwing, or Northern Birdwing Occurs as a number of subspecies, some of which are often regarded as full species e.g., O. (priamus) urvilleanus.
  • Ornithoptera richmondia – Richmond Birdwing The smallest Ornithoptera species. Occasionally (and wrongly) regarded as a subspecies of O. priamus.
subgenus: Schoenbergia
subgenus: Straatmana
  • Ornithoptera alexandrae – Queen Alexandra's Birdwing The world's largest butterfly. Listed on CITES Appendix I.

HybridsEdit

Two formerly recognized species of Ornithoptera are now regarded as hybrids:

  • O. rothschildi x O. priamus poseidon – Originally described as species Ornithoptera akakeae. Known from a single female specimen.
  • O. victoriae x O. priamus urvilleanus – Originally described as species Ornithoptera allotei. This butterfly is, because of its rarity, one of the World's most valuable, with male specimens typically selling for more than £4,000.00 (US$7,000.00). It would be an ideal candidate for commercial exploitation because its parents are not rare on Bougainville Island and can (apparently) be easily induced to mate with one another.