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chelti's queen alexandra's birdwing butterfly description

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By: Chelti Dane Madamba
5/6 Lyrebird Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly Classification Appearance Reproduction The Queen Alexandra's Birdwing males and females are very different in size, wing colour, pattern shape and body color. The females are larger than males, has brown wings and has a cream-colored body with a red tuft of fur on the thorax. The male is smaller, much brighter and a bright yellow body. Protecting From Predators Queen Alexandra's Birdwing is a poisonous butterfly because it obtains its poison from the toxic pipe vine plant. Animals that eat it will get very sick and vomit, but they won't die. These animals remember that this brightly-colored butterfly made them very sick and will avoid all butterflies with similar markings in the future. The Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly lays up to 10 eggs. She lays these eggs on the pipe vine plant. When the eggs hatch, its meal is the leaves of the pipe vine plant. The larva will mostly eat all the leaves in the pipe vinw plant. The larva is black with red tentacles with a cream-colored spot in the middle of its body and long, fleshy tentacles all over its body. The caterpillar's first meal is its own eggshell. After that, the caterpillars eat the pipe vine plant, 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 tongue. This tongue uncoils to sip food, and coils up again into a spiral when it's not used. Diet/Feeding Habits Queen Alexandra's Birdwing has a very localized distribution. This very rare butterfly is only found a small strip of lowland coastal rainforest in northern Papua New Guinea. They live in lowland tropical forests. Habitat This magnificent butterfly is poisonous. . This happens because this butterfly eats the pipe vine plant, but scientists call them Aristolochia schlecteri. This butterfly was named by Alfred S. Meek to honor Queen Alexandra, the Danish wife of King Edward VII of England. Here are some more facts about the amazing and wonderful Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly! Bibliography To learn more about this butterfly, go to the Enchanted Learning Website-www.enchantedlearning.com.
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