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Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly

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Queen Alexandra's Birdwing Butterfly Classification/ Name

The Queen Alexandra's Birdwinged butterfly is classified as an Athropod. The Queen Alexandra's scientific name is Ornithoptera Alexandrae.
Order:Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths)
Family:Papilionidae (Appolos,swollowtails & birdwings)
Genus Troides (ornithoptera) (bird-wings)
Class:Insecta
Species:Alexandrae Appearance The Queen Alexandra's birdwing is the biggest butterfly in the world. It's wingspan can reach up to 30cm wide.The male & female butterfly have different colourings,size,shape & patterns.The Queen Alexandra caterpillar is black with red tentacles and has a cream-coloured spot in the middle of its body and long,fleshy tentacles all over its body. The female is cream-coloured with cream spots. She has a red tuft of fur on her thorax and is bigger than the male.The male is brown blue and green markings and a yellow abdomen. Habitat This butterfly is only found in a small part of lowland coastal rainforest in northern Papua New Guinea. Female Male The Queen Alexandra Birdwing,like all other butterflies starts off life as an egg. However, the Queen Alexandra lays it's eggs on a pipevine plant and when it hatches it has an immediate meal:its egg shell.
The next stage is the lava (caterpillar)which constantly eats the pipevine.The caterpillar molts many times as it grows.
The next part of life for the butterfly is the pupa(chrysilis)which is the size of someone's thumb. While the caterpillar turns into a butterfly inside the pupa it neither eats nor drinks.
The next stage is the finished product:The butterfly.It comes out of the pupa, there is no growth in this period but the butterfly will begin to sip nectar.The cycle then continues by the adults reproducing.
It takes a month for the adult to develop & the life span of an adult is 3 months. Caterpillar Diet The caterpillar's first meal is its egg shell. After that the caterpillar eats the pipevine plant,a long-leaved tree climbing vine that has seed pods,injeting the plant's poison into its body making it disgusting-tasting to predators. As an adult butterfly they sip nectar with a long probiscus which is a tube-like tongue this is the only way they can sip liquid. Impact on the Rainforest Butterflies are pollinators and are essential to the survival of many plants. They fly around carrying pollen from one plant to another. Life Cycle By Alexandra Girgis The Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly was named by Alfred S. Meek in 1907 to honor Queen Alexandra,the Danish wife of King Edward VII of England.The Queen Alexandra Butterfly is an endangered species. Its rainforest habitat is being reduced by oil palm plantations.The female butterfly is bigger than the male.The Queen Alexandra is the largest known butterfly in the world. 5 Interesting Facts Bibliography Enchanted Learning Site http://www.bagheera.com/inthewild/van_anim_buttrfly.htm http://www.rainforestanimals.net/rainforestanimal/queenalexandra.html Google Images
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