Rare UK species at Stratford Butterfly Farm

Queensland Birdwing butterfly

Queensland Birdwing butterfly

ONE of the world’s largest species of butterfly is emerging at Stratford Butterfly Farm.

It is the first time in well over a decade that the Queensland Birdwing butterfly, also known as Ornithoptera Priamus, has emerged in the UK.

The Queensland Birdwing can be found throughout Australasia where it soars majestically through the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and northern Australia.

The name ‘Birdwing’ is derived from its exceptional size, angular wings and birdlike flight. Not only does the Queensland birdwing’s 22cm wingspan dwarf most other butterflies, the iridescent emerald colouring of the males spectacularly outshines them too. These butterflies will be free to fly throughout Stratford Butterfly Farm’s. Visitors are able to walk amongst the butterfly as well as many other species from around the world.

Stratford Butterfly Farm is open from 10am to 5.30pm every day of the week.

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