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Distinguished Author

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José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage
  (1823-1907).

A Portuguese zoologist and politician. He was the curator of Zoology at the Museum of Natural History in Lisbon. His work at the Museum consisted in acquiring, describing and coordinating collections, many of which arrived from the Portuguese colonies in Africa, such as Angola, Mozambique, etc. He published more than 200 taxonomic papers on mammals, birds, and fishes. In the 1880s he became the Minister of the Navy and later the Minister for Foreign Affairs for Portugal. The zoology collection at the Lisbon Museum is called the Bocage Museum in his honor. He was responsible for identifying many new species, which he named according to the naturalist who found them.

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Queen Alexandra's Birdwing

Ornithoptera alexandrae

Ornithoptera alexandrae

Some facts about this giant butterfly:

Average length: 8 cm.
Wingspan: Up to 31 cm for females and 20 cm for males.
Weight: Up to 12 grams.
Life span: About three months.
Feeding: Larvae feed on pipe-vines and adults on flowers.
Protection status: Endangered (IUCN 3.1)
Range: About 100 square kilometres of coastal rainforest near Popondetta, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea.

Ornithoptera alexandrae is the largest butterfly in the world. It was described in 1907 by the British entomologist Lord Walter Rothschild who also founded of the Zoological Museum, Tring (now the Natural History Museum at Tring). The female lays about 27 eggs during its entire lifespan. The caterpillars eat the pipe-vine plant, which contains poison, making the butterfly toxic to predators. Males are strongly territorial and will chase potential rivals, and sometimes small birds as well. It is named in honour of Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.

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