Common Green Birdwing

The Common Green Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus), is widespread from New Guinea east through the Solomon Islands and south to Australia.

The females are larger and less vividly colored than the males, being mainly blackish or dark brown with patterns in pale brown, yellow or white. The male is bluer in coloration.

Some subspecies are under intense environmental pressure and are in danger. The Australian populations are vulnerable to habitat destruction.

Photo Credit: Robert Nash Curator of Entomology Ulster Museum