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Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly

Learn all about the Blue Morpho Butterfly: Habitat, diet, predators, and other facts!
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Marygian Rebullar

on 7 June 2011

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Classification Description Brown/Cream
Colored Wings Habitat: It is restricted to the forests of Oro Province in eastern Papua New Guinea. Biome: Rainforest (Specifically Tropical)
Characteristics:
Temperature: Warm
Number of Tree Species: Many (hundreds)
Types of Leaves: Broadleaf
Age of Trees: 50-100 Years
Epiphytes: Lots of different kinds including Orchids and Bromeliads.
Decomposition Rate: Rapid Female: Red tuft of fur
on the thorax Males: Blue and green marking on its wings)


A bright yellow body. Larger in Wingspan Smaller Wingspan Biggest butterfly species i the world w/ the female being able to span a foot long. Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropod

Class: Insecta

Family: Papilionidae (apollos, swallowtails, and birdwings)

Order: Lepidoptera
(butterflies and moths)

Genus: Troides (Ornithoptera) (Bird-wing butterflies)

Species: Alexandrae

(Other Species: Swallow Tail Butterfly, and other larger Butterfly Species.) The caterpillar's first meal is its own eggshell. After that, the caterpillars eat the pipevine plant (Aristolochia schlecteri), incorporating its poison into their bodies, becoming distasteful to predators. The plant is a long-leaved, tree-climbing vine with seed pods.

Butterflies can only sip liquid food using a tube-like proboscis, which is a long, flexible "tongue." This proboscis uncoils to sip food, and coils up again into a spiral when not in use. Diet Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly
Marygian Rebullar P.2
Mrs.Pino-Antl Queen Alexandra Butterflies lay eggs on the toxic Aristolochia schlecteri pipevine plant. When the caterpillars ingest this plant, they become toxic to predators that eat them. Eggs are laid singly on upper side of leaves of host plant; they hatch into caterpillars that feed on plant for about 4 weeks before developing into a chrysalis. Chrysalis hatches into adult butterfly after about 3 weeks R Species.
They produce in the warmer months.
Parents do not care for their young. Role in the Ecosystem: Herbivore: Plants and Nectar These butterflies pollinate flowers above the canopy which is a big part of the Rainforest. Reproduction: Works Cited

"ARKive - Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Videos, Photos and Facts - Ornithoptera Alexandrae." ARKive - Discover the World's Most Endangered Species. Web. 07 June 2011. <http://www.arkive.org/queen-alexandras-birdwing/ornithoptera-alexandrae/>.

"Earth's Endangered Creatures - Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly Facts." Endangered Species. Web. 07 June 2011. <http://www.earthsendangered.com/profile-52.html>.
"Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly." Rainforest Animals.
Web. 07 June 2011.

<http://www.rainforestanimals.net/rainforestanimal/queenalexandra.html>.
Web. 6 June 2011.

<http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/>. This butterfly is restricted to only a few valleys in Papua New Guinea making it susceptible to habitat loss due to agriculture, logging, and human encroachment. Also this species attracts collectors who prize this butterfly's beauty, size and coloration, resulting in capture and shipment to other countries. Since the species is listed as endangered, it is now illegal to capture and sell specimens.I believe that agricultural control is also needed, because this is the main cause of the butterfly's endangered species. Since they are specific to one province, that province should be protected. Threats and Solutions:
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