Troides cuneifera

Troides cuneifera is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1879 by Oberthür. The wingspan is about 14 – 17 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides cuneifera is black. The hind wings are golden and they have black spots. The females are 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 cuneifera (male above / female below). Troides cuneifera is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. There are some yellow stripes in the middle of the wing.
The underside of Troides cuneifera is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Troides cuneifera are golden. The veins and the edge of the wing are black. There is a chain of black spots in the golden part of the wing. 
The underside is a copy from upside.

The body (abdomen) is light-brown and has two black spots. The underside of the abdomen is yellow. Head and thorax are black.  

Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. It is significant-larger than the male. The basic colour of the female is dark-brown. The veins are bordered by white colour. There is a golden area with dark veins on the hind wings. At the outer edge there is a chain of yellow spots. The underside is a copy from upside.


Distribution

Troides cuneifera is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in 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 1879  by Oberthür. There are only two subspecies.

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


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Troides cuneifera Oberthür 1879  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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