Description Blue Mountain SwallowtailPapilio ulysses, the Ulysses butterfly, is a large swallowtail butterfly of Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Its size varies depending on subspecies, but the wingspan is about 5.5 inches in Queensland. This butterfly is used as an emblem for tourism in Queensland, Australia. Butterflies can only fly if their body temperature is above 86 degrees. Butterflies sun themselves to warm up in cool weather. As butterflies age, the color of the wings fades and the wings become ragged.The speed varies among butterfly species (the poisonous varieties are slower than non-poisonous varieties). The fastest butterflies (some skippers) can fly at about 30 mile per hour or faster. Slow flying butterflies fly about 5 mph.Butterflies and moths undergo complete metamorphosis in which they go through four different life stages. Egg, larva . pupa and adult.Butterflies are found all over the world and in all types of environments: hot and cold, dry and moist, at sea level and high in the mountains. Most butterfly species, however, are found in tropical areas, especially tropical rainforests.
William Castner, Boulder Member Since June 2019 Artist Statement Fine art photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. I exhibit in several regional galleries and hang in hospitals, hotels, corporate offices and private collections. I work extensively with art consultants and interior designers nationwide. My photography has been published in magazines, newspapers, textbooks and as posters, calendars and note cards.