The Mystery of the World’s Largest Butterfly

The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is among the world’s rarest butterflies, but next to nothing is known about it.

Butterflies are rapidly disappearing. Among the rarest is the world’s largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing of Papua New Guinea, which boasts a wingspan of 14 inches. Yet despite its majesty, virtually nothing is known about its fate, as well as that of many other tropical butterfly populations. (Visual: )

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