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Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

I did this for my daintree Rainforest Assignment
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Rhiannon Hoade

on 14 August 2013

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Transcript of Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly
Ornithoptera priamus
Habitat
The butterfly can be found in the cleared Rainforest and the rainforest itself. It's name can also give you a clue of which Rainforest it lives in. They also live on some native Australian Plants one being vines.
Appearance
The male is very distinguishing with its black and green wings
But....
The the female is even more eye catching with its maximum wingspan of 20cm! WOWWWWWWWW! The females wings are Blue, yellow, green and black!
Female birdwing
Diet
When the butterflies are still caterpillars they eat their own egg shell that they hatched out of, as it is nutritious and good for growth.

I couldn't find what the adult butterflies ate.
Reproduction
As soon as adult butterflies hatch the race is on to mate, as they only live for 4 – 5 weeks. They are fussy butterflies who lay eggs on native rainforest Pipe Vines . Females find the ideal vine using chemical receptors in their legs and abdomen to ‘sense’ tender, caterpillar-friendly leaves.
ohhh wait I forgot
Bibliography
http://beforeitsgone.com.au/2011/05/03/backyard-beauties-the-cairns-birdwing-butterfly/


http://www.wettropics.gov.au/site/user-assets/docs/birdwingbutterflies.pdf


http://rainforest-australia.com/birdwing.htm

By Rhiannon Hoade
Did you know?
That the Birdwing Butterfly is a lot more calm than the Ulysses Butterfly.
Did you know?
The leaves of the Aristolochia vines are poisonous. To many other caterpillars these toxins would be deadly, but the Birdwing not only able to eat these leaves but also use them for their own protection.
Did you know?
The Birdwing caterpillars are able to store the toxins in fleshy orange-red spines one their backs and these act as protection from birds.
Did you know?
In nature bright colours such as orange, red and yellow sometimes act as warnings to other animals letting them know they are either dangerous or inedible.
Birdwing Caterpillar
The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
:O :O :O :O :O :O HeHe
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