|In the Beginning||
What Can Be Done?
Destruction of the natural forest is the main threat. The indigenous peoples living in the forests where rare species are found naturally desire money to improve their health, education and other prospects. They are encouraged to clear the land through logging for tropical hardwoods or for planting banana, palm and other cash crops thus destroying the vines on which the birdwings depend.
How can such insects be protected?
Ironically, one solution maybe for the indigenous people
to be encouraged to farm these insects by planting their food plants,
harvesting a few specimens and selling them for high prices. The breeders
and collectors of the insects (the local people) should receive a good
price instead of the
Paradise Birdwing, Chimaera Birdwing, Tithonus Birdwing
It can be seen that, although these three species have very similar colouring and patterning, the wing shapes of each are very different. They also occupy very specific habitats.
The Paradise Birdwing has the uniquely shaped hind wing and is found on the northwest slopes of a high mountain range, which forms a backbone of New Guinea. On the other side of the range is found the similar shaped Meridionalis Birdwing.
Chimera has a somewhat squared forewing and flies in
scattered steep and damp gorges high in the mountains of New Guinea.
It flies above the canopy.
|He Saw it was Good: O. paradisae & chimaera & tithonus|
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H 48” w 46” 122cm x 117cm