“IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! NO, IT’S A BUTTERFLY!”
The Magellan birdwing butterfly is one of the largest species of butterflies in the world. The birdwing butterflies are called thus, thanks to their amazing size and the way they fly, making it seem as if they soar like birds.
There are about 30 different species of birdwings residing in mainland Asia and throughout the Indonesian islands, and as far off as Australia and its surrounding islands. This was noted in a 2011 fact sheet by the Queensland Museum in Australia where what is considered the largest birdwing butterfly resides – but that’s for another time.