Troides amphrysus

Troides amphrysus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1779 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 15 – 18 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides amphrysus is black. The hind wings are golden. The females are brown or dark-brown and larger than the males.



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 Troides amphrysus (male above / female below). Troides amphrysus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. Some veins are bordered by yellow colour.
The underside of Troides amphrysus is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Troides amphrysus are golden. The veins and the edge of the wing are black. In the back part of the wing there is a black spot. 
The underside is very similar to the upside.

The body (abdomen) is yellow. Head and thorax are black. The nape has a red hair-coat. 

Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is brown or dark-brown. The veins are bordered by white colour. There is a golden area with dark veins on the hind wings. There is a chain of golden spots at the edge of the wing. The underside is a copy from upside.


Distribution

Troides amphrysus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Myanmar until 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 1779  by Cramer. There are many subspecies.

Troides amphrysus 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

Here you can see the subspecies Troides amphrysus flavicollis (male)

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

Here you can see the subspecies Troides amphrysus niasicus (female).

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 the subspecies Troides amphrysus ruficollis (left male / right female).


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Troides amphrysus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Troides andromache Staudinger 1892

Troides cuneifera Oberthür 1879

Troides miranda Butler 1869 


Scientific name

Troides amphrysus Cramer 1779  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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