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AUSTRALASIAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest
moths and butterflies

The Lepidoptera moths and butterflies of the tropical Australasian rainforest....  

Order Lepidoptera: Moths and Butterflies

Family Uraniidae

Lyssa Moth (Sepik River, Papua New Guinea).

Lyssa Moths are large in size and rather swallowtail butterfly in shape.

Family Sphingidae: 'Hawk Moths'

'Hawk Moth' (Papua New Guinea)

Family Papilionidae 'Swallowtail Butterflies'

Papilio aegeus, 'Orchard Butterfly'. Large black and white butterfly. Called 'orchard' because caterpillars eat leaves of farmed citrus plants. Found rainforest and edge eastern Australia and New Guinea. 

Ornithoptera euphorion, 'Cairns Birdwing Butterfly' (North Queensland).

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (image by Damon Ramsey)(O'Reillys, Lamington National Park, Australia)

Ornithoptera richmondia, 'Richmond Birdwing Butterfly'. Found in south-east Queensland to northern NSW.

Family Nymphalidae

(Dei Dei Village, Papua New Guinea)

Danaus petilia, 'Lesser Wanderer'.

(Ferguson Island, Papua New Guinea)

Danaus affinis, 'Malay Tiger', 'Swamp Tiger'. Interesting fact: this animal is not a tiger, but a butterfly. Found throughout tropical Asia, south to north-eastern Australia.

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Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.