Today I want to write about a really awesome butterfly called Queen Alexandra’s birdwing that grows bigger than I thought butterflies could grow.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful butterflies have a wingspan of 28 cm, making them the largest butterflies in the world. The males are brightly coloured, with blue-green streaks and yellow spots on their black wings. Females are a much duller brown with yellow tips. The males and females both have a very bright yellow body.
- The caterpillars are also colourful. They are dark red, with bright reds spikes and two bright yellow spikes on their back.
- Queen Alexandra’s birdwing is totally reliant on a species of vine called aristolochia schlechteri. The female lays her eggs underneath the leaves. Then the caterpillar eats the leaves which gives them a toxin that is poisonous for predators. The adult then feeds on the flowers of the vine.
- They were named after Queen Alexandra, the Danish wife of King Edward VII of England.
- These beautiful butterflies only live in a small area of Papua New Guinea. Their habitat is under threat, but there are efforts to save their forests and save these amazing butterflies.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Queen Alexandra’s birdwing?