What is the biggest butterfly in the world?

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What is the biggest butterfly in the world?

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Several species dispute the title. The Queen Alexandra Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae) is considered the world’s largest diurnal butterfly with a wingspan (distance between wingtips) of up to 31cm. It is in danger of extinction and is found in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.

Among the moths, the largest by wingspan is the Monarch. (Thysania agripinade), which can also reach up to 31cm. It is found mainly in Mexico, Central America, and South America.

For its part, the Atlas butterfly (Attacus Atlas), also nocturnal, is the largest taking into account the total area of ​​its wings (more than 400cm2). Its wingspan is between 25cm and 30cm. It is found in Southeast Asia, China, the Malay Archipelago, and Indonesia.