Adults will feed from a variety of nectar-producing flowers.
The genus Ornithopera is Greek for Bird Wing. In Greek mythology Priam was the king of Troy during the Trojan War.
New Guinea Birdwings are only found in tropical rainforests where the host plant is present and the areas directly bordering those forests.
After finding a suitable mate and mating, the female goes about laying her eggs. Eggs are laid individually on the host plants. Often, once the caterpillar hatches, the remaining egg becomes the caterpillar’s first meal. The chrysalis is formed on a structure in close proximity of the host plant.
Adults can be observed year round with the highest numbers occurring in the summer and fall.
The New Guinea Birdwing was first described over two hundred years ago. Since that time the species has been broken up into several different subspecies which inhabit different geographic ranges.