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With a wingspan of 11-14 inches and a 3-inch-long body, the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing butterfly of Papua New Guinea holds the title of largest butterfly worldwide. Birdwing butterflies, also called swallowtails, are members of the Papilionidae butterfly family. The Homerus swallowtail, native to Jamaica, is the largest butterfly in the Western Hemisphere. This swallowtail’s wingspan can stretch up to 6 inches. In the Eastern United States, the biggest butterfly is the giant swallowtail.
The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is the largest species of butterfly in the world. It was named in honor of Queen Alexandra who the Danish wife of King Edward VII and has a wingspan of 30cm, or 1 ft in width. This butterfly is a rare and is found in the lowland forests in the nothern regions of Papua New Guinea, on the eastern part of the Owen Stanley Mountains. The Queen Alexandra is currently on the endangered species list of the US because of disappearing habitat (Buzzle.com, 2011).
Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is the largest species of butterfly. Here are a couple pictures–one of a male and one of a female.
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