Ornithoptera croesus lydius, Wallace's Golden Birdwing Pair
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"The beauty and brilliancy of this insect are indescribable, and none but a naturalist can understand the intense excitement I experienced when I at length captured it. On taking it out of my net and opening the glorious wings, my heart began to beat violently, the blood rushed to my head, and I felt much more like fainting than I have done when in apprehension of immediate death. I had a headache the rest of the day, so great was the excitement produced"
-Alfred Russel Wallace, 1859
The Wallace's Golden Birdwing is among the most beautiful and sought after butterflies on the planet. The male is marked by incredible golden, yellow wings and a wingspan just over 5 inches, while the female's wingspan approaches 6 inches. Sale includes an unmounted male and female pair, bred in complete CITES compliance. U.S. shipping only.