A giant among butterflies. Queen Alexandra's birdwing is, in fact, the largest in the world. Females are bigger than males, but only males sport a bluish green. In their short 3-month adulthoods, females lay as many as 240 eggs each; growing larvea have a very specialized diet, eating Aristolochia vine exclusively. But the forest habitat on which these rare butterflies depend is vanishing quickly, and they also continue to fall victim to the international trade in dried specimen
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Eastern Papua New Guinea.
Primary and secondary rain forest in tropical mountains of Papua New Guinea