Cairns Birdwing

It’s not often that anyone notices a butterfly on the other side of the street, and even less often that anyone can take a photo at that distance but I did both a couple of days ago:

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Cairns Birdwing on bottlebrush

The male Cairns Birdwing, Ornithoptera priamus ssp euphorion (formerly Troides euphorion), is feeding on low blossoms of my neighbour’s abundantly flowering bottlebrush. There aren’t many around at the moment – in fact, there aren’t many butterflies of any species – but we do see both males and females occasionally.

Click here for many more of my birdwing butterfly photos (caterpillars and adults males and females) on Flickr.

 

 

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