Ornithoptera paradisea (Paradise Birdwing, Paradies Vogelschwingenfalter)
Ornithoptera paradisea, also called Paradise Birdwing is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Ornithoptera paradisea (Paradise Birdwing, Paradies Vogelschwingenfalter) (male above / female below). Ornithoptera paradisea is a member of the
The fore wings are black. The wing leading edge is green. In the middle of the wing there is a large, green band.
The underside of Ornithoptera paradisea is green. The veins are black. Next to the wing tip there is a black area.
The hind wings of Ornithoptera paradisea are tiny, golden and have thin tails. The inner edge is black. Between the golden area and the inner edge there is a green stripe. The outer edge is green.
The underside nearly is a copy of upside. But, the inner edge is green and hairy.
The body (abdomen) is yellow. Head and thorax are black and green.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. It is significant-larger than the male. The basic colour of the female is dark-brown. Two groups of white spots dominate the fore wing. On the hind wings there is a big white area. The outer edge of the white area is yellow. Between the white part and the yellow part there is a chain of black spots. The underside is a copy from upside, but all colours are stronger.
Ornithoptera paradisea (Paradise Birdwing, Paradies Vogelschwingenfalter) is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. The distribution is restricted on New Guinea and other islands in the neighbourhood.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1893 by Staudinger. There are five subspecies.
- Ornithoptera paradisea borchi [Haugum & Low, 1974]
- Ornithoptera paradisea chrysanthemum [Kobayashi & Koiwaya, 1979]
- Ornithoptera paradisea demeter [So & Sato, 1998]
- Ornithoptera paradisea detanii [Schäffler, 2001]
- Ornithoptera paradisea flavescens [Rothschild, 1897]
This butterfly is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.
Here you can see some macro photos of Ornithoptera paradisea.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-Appendix II- (as at 12.02.2008)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora:
-Appendix B- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-endangered, protected- (as at 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Ornithoptera paradisea Staudinger 1893
(in past: Troides paradisea)
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Genus: ORNITHOPTERA
- Specific name: PARADISEA