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Common Green Birdwings at Chester, 19/02/12

[i]Ornithoptera priamus[/i] Mating pair.

Common Green Birdwings at Chester, 19/02/12
Maguari, 20 Feb 2012
    • Maguari
      Ornithoptera priamus

      Mating pair.
    • Javan Rhino
      These truly are a wonderful species and I feel so lucky that Chester keeps not only these, but the golden birdwings as well. It will be nice if this becomes one of the regular species in Butterfly Journey.

      Good photo by the way, I was trying to de-mist my lens for so long on Saturday and I couldn't quite get it clear, so my pics look a little foggy.
    • Maguari
      Thanks! My lens quite suddenly cleared after about 7 or 8 minutes in the house.

      While we're on birdwings; thought you might like this - my first birdwing, a Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana) at Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Gardens in 2000. They did also have Troides (I think T. amphrysus) but my photo of that, while recognisable, is none too impressive!
    • Javan Rhino
      That's a really nice species, thanks for sharing :). My favourite two are the obvious O. euphorion [Cairn's birdwing] and O. alexandrae [Queen Alexandra's birdwing], though I doubt I will ever see either species in Europe, and don't think the latter can be obtained at all.

      It's fair to say that the Ornithoptera species are my favourite of the 3 birdwing genus' - Troides are nice but the Golden birdwing never quite felt like I was seeing a 'proper' birdwing, whilst the green birdwings look much closer to what I see as a 'proper' birdwing.

      ...does this conversation make me a butterfly/birdwing geek :eek:
    • Maguari
      'Fraid so! :D
    • Javan Rhino
      Ahh well, if you can't geek out on the non-ABC's on here then where can you :D

      Though, collectively, I would say butterflies probably are becoming an ABC in the same vein that snakes and lizards are. They are very popular at Chester, and I wonder how many general visitors expect to see a butterfly exhibit/house?

      Obviously narrowing it down to species doesn't make it an ABC, but like I say people expect zoos to have snakes and lizards collectively, so does that make them an ABC in a roundabout/stretch-the-boundries way :rolleyes:.
    • Maguari
      What's pleasing is that although London and Bristol have better invert displays overall, Chester's butterfly house is by far the best - it has space to move inside and looks like it can withstand a stiff breeze for a start! It's proving to be a fine addition to the zoo - and is something very different to what was already there. Me likey. :)
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