Beautiful birdwings everybody, especially the aesacus from the first page! Although it isn't one of the rarest, I think aesacus males are one of the most beautiful Ornithoptera. I'll get a pair someday, but for now these Ornithoptera goliath samson that I got for Christmas are my new favorite Ornithoptera in my collection.
O. goliath has to be one of the worlds most spectacular butterflies. There was for a long period very few specimens in collections, until it was bred commercially there were very few captured in the wild, the adults remaining high up in the canopy. On Goodenough Island, the collector A.S. Meek had to resort to obtaining a small series by using a small bore shotgun!
Because these butterflies are protected by the Washington Convention, I can only produce photos of Birdwing in natura . It goes without saying that some show traces of a busy life and do not have the glamor of these animals from collections.
Inside my drawers, I do have some bearing the CITES authorization number (bought in Detani, Denpasar) but the interest is limited.
Below some pictures from the field :
1. Meni in Arfak
a good spot to observe Birdwings :
same place, using a red lure (collecting a female, and, no need to say, we release the female as soon the photo made) :
Jmg, those are amazing pictures! The picture of the O. tithonus male is striking. Although I like the birdwings I have in my collection, seeing them is nature would be so much more of an experience, even if collecting wasn't allowed. The O. croesus is great too. I have not seen a live Ornithoptera, although I did encounter a few Troides in Borneo two summers ago.
Some really lovely images of Birdwings by Jean-Marc It is one thing having specimens but quite another to have seen these butterfly wonders in their natural habitats. Marcin's miokensis looks to be a fresh specimen by the setting style.