Troides criton

Troides criton is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1860 by C. & R. Felder. The wingspan is about 14 – 15 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides criton is black. It has a large golden area on the hind wings. The females are very similar to 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 criton (male above / female below). Troides criton is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. 
The underside of Troides criton is a copy from upside. 

The hind wings of Troides criton are black. There is a large golden area in the middle of the wing. The veins are black and they cleave the golden area.
The underside is a copy from upside.

The body (abdomen) is brown, but the underside is yellow. Head and thorax are black. The underside of thorax has a red hair-coat. 

Sex differences:  The veins are partly bordered by white colour. There is a chain of black spots in the golden area. The underside is a copy from upside.


Distribution

Troides criton is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. The distribution is restricted on Indonesia.


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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1860 by C. & R. Felder. There is only one subspecies.

Troides criton 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 form Troides criton f felderi (female).


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Troides criton.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Troides darsius Gray 1852 

Troides haliphron Boisduval 1836  

Troides riedeli Kirsch 1885  

Troides vandepolli Snellen 1890


Scientific name

Troides criton C. & R. Felder 1860  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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