Troides darsius is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Troides darsius (male above / female below). Troides darsius is a member of the
The fore wings are black.
The underside of Troides darsius is dark-brown. The veins are bordered by white colour.
The hind wings of Troides darsius 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 female covers the upper range of the wing-span. It is significant-larger than the male. The basic colour of the female is 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.
Troides darsius is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. The distribution is restricted on Sri Lanka.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1852 by Gray. There are no subspecies.
Troides darsius 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 some macro photos of Troides darsius.
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 darsius Gray 1852
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: DARSIUS