“Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing”
Ornithoptera alexandrae: This very rare and endangered species is found only in a lowland strip of New Guinea rainforest. Named in 1907 to honor the Danish Queen Alexandra, this enormous butterfly is considered the largest in the world, often with a wingspan of 12 inches. While caterpillars the black larvæ eat a toxic pipevine plant, thus becoming poisonous to predators and remaining so into adulthood. Male & female birdwings appear wildly different in shape & color.
10×8 inches; completed in watercolor on Arches paper with added pearlex for scale shimmer in the wings.
Set in a dark oval frame.
Shipped with insurance. (Sorry, no international shipping at this time.)
*scheduled to hang locally on display until mid April.
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