I barely recall what they told me this lovely was at the conservatory in Key West other than Poseidon something from New Guinea. I was going to leave it at that until I happened to be watching a television show a little while after returning home. It was Sir David Attenborough who was listing his picks of the 10 endangered animals he would save on his Ark. Guess what one of the creatures was? That’s right! This butterfly. That is when I pointed at the TV and yelled “I’ve got photos of that!” DH gave me an odd look until he realized what I was going on about.
Thing is, Sir David, who is the President of the Butterfly Trust, called it a Priam’s Birdwing. Priam’s or Poseidon, which one is it? It doesn’t really matter to me (much) as it was the first time I had ever seen this type of butterfly and I totally agree with Sir David who said “it is an exquisite beauty that lifts the heart”.
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