Troides dohertyi (Talaud Black Birdwing)

Troides dohertyi, also called Talaud Black Birdwing is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1893 by Rippon. The wingspan is about 14 – 16 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides dohertyi is black. It is an unusually member of the genus Troides. Because the male has no golden areas on hind wings. 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 dohertyi (male above / female below). Troides dohertyi is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black.
The underside of Troides dohertyi is black. The veins are bordered by white colour. 

The hind wings of Troides dohertyi are black. 
The underside is black and it has a chain of yellow spots.

The body (abdomen) is light-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 dark-brown. The veins are bordered by white colour. There is a small yellow area with dark veins on the hind wings. The underside is a copy from upside.


Distribution

Troides dohertyi is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. It is an endemic species from Talaud island and Sangihe island.


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 1893  by Rippon. There are no subspecies.

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

In some publications this butterfly is listed as Troides rhadamantus dohrtyi.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Troides dohertyi Rippon 1893  
(Troides rhadamantus dohertyi)


Other names

 Talaud Black Birdwing


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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Back to family Papilionidae from AUSTRALAISA / INDOMALAYA (AUSTRALIA) 

 

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