Troides andromache

Troides andromache is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1892 by Staudinger. The wingspan is about 15 – 18 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides andromache is black. The hind wings are golden. The females are brown or dark-brown and it has only a small golden area on the hind wings.



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


Description

The fore wings are black.
The underside of Troides andromache is very similar to the upside. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellowish spots.

The hind wings of Troides andromache are golden. The veins and the edge of the wing are black. 
The underside is very similar to the upside.

The body (abdomen) is light-brown, but the underside is yellow. Head and thorax are black. 

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 small golden area with dark veins on the hind wings. There is a chain of yellow spots at the edge of the wing. The underside is a copy from upside.


Distribution

Troides andromache is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on Borneo.


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 1892  by Staudinger. There are two subspecies.

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


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Troides andromache.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Troides amphrysus Cramer 1779   

Troides miranda Butler 1869 


Scientific name

Troides andromache Staudinger 1892  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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