Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Cape York Birdwing, Priam's Birdwing or Northern Birdwing,
The common birdwing is protected from collection from the wild in Malaysia and Singapore, and the Papua New Guinea government require collectors to only acquire specimens from captive-bred populations.
This species is also protected in Hong Kong under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance, where all birdwings are additionally listed under Schedule 1 of the Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) Ordinance, which regulates the trading and possession of these butterflies.
Avg. Wingspan: 28 cm / 11 "
Avg. Body Length: 7.6 cm / 3 "
* All Birdwings are now listed by CITES, (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) thereby limiting international trade.
Diet: adults feed on nectar bearing flowers of the forest canopy as well as terrestrials such as lantana.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera