This "Fiery Birdwing" of Indonesia is beautifully preserved within a contemporary black frame by artist, Christopher Marley.
"The birdwing butterfly family is an object lesson in conservation through sustained commercial use. When the Papua New Guinea government discovered that the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing - the largest butterfly in the world - was nearing extinction due to habitat destruction, it began employing natives in the area to re-plant the birdwing's needed host-plant. Meanwhile, local villagers who hitherto had been forced to clear the endangered birdwing's habitat for farming or ranching to subsist, were allowed to collect all unprotected species of insects to sell commercially through a government agency. With the many diverse insect species of that area, there was no shortage of enthusiastic buyers. Consequently, natives were able to replace an environmentally devastating career with a benign one while bringing the world's largest butterfly back from the brink of extinction. As a precaution, all birdwing butterfly species are still protected and require internationally monitored permits, but the species that are offered are not endangered or threatened." ~Christopher Marley
Wingspan is approximately 5 inches.
Insects are preserved and displayed in a hermetically sealed (air tight) shadowbox frame.
Measurements: Width 12.5 | Height 15.5 | Depth 2.75 (inches)
All measurements are approximate.
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