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BUTTERFLIES

Common Birdwing

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ON EXHIBIT:  The Butterfly Garden in Ocean Journey

Common Birdwing

FUN FACTS

The common birdwing is one of the largest and most beautiful butterflies in Asia. The dramatic contrast of golden yellow hind-wings and glossy black forewings gives this species a striking appearance and serves as a protection mechanism by warning potential predators that it is distasteful.  The common birdwing is protected in Hong Kong and Indonesia.  

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Butterfly Amanda.Pippin
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About This Animal

SIZE: 5 – 6 ½ inches

RANGE: Thialand to Indonesia

HABITAT: Secondary forest

DIET:  Nectar


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