RICHMOND BIRDWING BUTTERFLY - 6.5x6.5 inches $200.00 (available)
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Highlighted species: Ornithoptera richmondia
Long ago, in the Dreamtime, when the world was young, there was no death yet. One morning Cockatoo slipped from a branch and fell on his head. The animals gathered around thinking this to be some antics, but when Cockatoo did not rise, they were puzzled.
As the animals discussed, the Spirits came and took Cockatoo to the sky. The animals were even more confused by this, and at last decided that one of their number should follow into the sky to see what had befallen their friend. Caterpillar was the only one to volunteer, and so a cloud of caterpillars streamed up into the Winter sky.
The animals waited and searched, but saw no sign of the caterpillars, until Spring arrived, and suddenly, transformed Caterpillars in the form of Butterflies returned to the world, bringing word that a similar transformation had come upon Cockatoo.
This is why caterpillars spend the winter tucked away in cocoons, waiting for the warmth of spring when they can burst forth with their wings and bright colors.
Size: 6 x 6 inches