Trogonoptera brookiana (Raja Brooke's Birdwing)

Trogonoptera brookiana, also called Raja Brooke's Birdwing is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1855 by Wallace. The wingspan is about 15 – 17 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Trogonoptera brookiana is black. It has a chain of green spots on the fore wings. The females are brown and have some white and green spots.


Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Trogonoptera brookiana (Raja Brooke's Birdwing) (male above / female below). Trogonoptera brookiana is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the outer edge there is a chain of big, acuminate, green spots. 
The underside of Trogonoptera brookiana is dark-brown. There are some short, green lines in the middle of the wing. Next to the body there are two blue lines. 

The hind wings of Trogonoptera brookiana are black. Next to the body there is a big, green area. The veins are black and they cleave the green area.
The underside is dark-brown. At the outer edge there is a chain of white spots. These spots have a black core.

The body (abdomen) is brown. Head and thorax are black. The nape and the underside of thorax have a red hair-coat. 

Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is brown. In the wing tip there is a white area. The veins are brown. There is a green and blue area on the hind wings. On the underside there are some blue, green and white spots.


Distribution

Trogonoptera brookiana (Raja Brooke's Birdwing) is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. The distribution is restricted on Malaysia and Indonesia.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Aristolochiaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1855 by Wallace. There are three subspecies.

Trogonoptera brookiana is, like all other Birdwings a true miracle of nature. This butterfly is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Trogonoptera brookiana has an optical effect. At a diagonal point of view the wing will change its colour.


Macro photos

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Trogonoptera brookiana m (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Trogonoptera brookiana m (underside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Trogonoptera brookiana f (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Trogonoptera brookiana f (upside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Trogonoptera brookiana f (underside)
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer macro photograph of Trogonoptera brookiana f (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Trogonoptera brookiana.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Trogonoptera trojana Honrath 1886 


Scientific name

Trogonoptera brookiana Wallace 1855  
     (in past: Troides brookiana)


Other names

 Raja Brooke's Birdwing


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

To family tree (Genus: TROGONOPTERA)...    


Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

To the top

Back to family Papilionidae from AUSTRALAISA / INDOMALAYA (AUSTRALIA) 

 

Ads / Werbung:

Apatura iris
Inachis io
Nymphalis antiopa
Apatura iris
Vanessa atalanta
Papilio machaon
Pierides sp.