Troides aeacus (Golden Birdwing)
Troides aeacus, also called Golden Birdwing is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Troides aeacus (Golden Birdwing) (male above / female below). Troides aeacus is a member of the
The fore wings are black. The veins are bordered by white or yellow colour.
The underside of Troides aeacus is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Troides aeacus are golden. The veins and the edge of the wing are black. In the back part of the golden wing there are three areas with black scales.
The underside is very similar to the upside.
The body (abdomen) is black and it has some yellow stripes. The underside of the abdomen is yellow. Head and thorax are black. The underside of thorax has a red hair-coat.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is dark-brown or black. The veins are bordered by white colour. There is a golden area with dark veins on the hind wings. There is a chain of black spots in the golden area. The underside is a copy from upside.
Troides aeacus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Nepal until Taiwan and Indonesia.
- Aristolochia acuminata
- Aristolochia cathcartii
- Aristolochia cucurbitifolia
- Aristolochia debilis
- Aristolochia elegans
- Aristolochia griffithii
- Aristolochia indica
- Aristolochia kaempferi
- Aristolochia liukiuensis
- Aristolochia zollingeriana
- Thottea corymbosa
- Thottea tricornis
The first description of this butterfly was in 1860 by C. & R. Felder. There are four subspecies.
- Troides aeacus formosanus [Rothschild, 1899]
- Troides aeacus insularis [Ney, 1905]
- Troides aeacus malaiianus [Fruhstorfer, 1902]
- Troides aeacus szechwanus [Okano & Okano, 1983]
Troides aeacus is, like all other Birdwings a true miracle of nature. This butterfly is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.
Here you can see another example of Troides aeacus (left male / right female).
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:
-no entry- (as at 2008)
Similar and closely-related species
Troides prattorum Joicey & Talbot 1922 (Buru Opalescent Birdwing)
Troides aeacus C. & R. Felder 1860
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Genus: TROIDES
- Specific name: AEACUS