Troides hypolitus

Troides hypolitus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1775 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 18 – 20 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides hypolitus is black. It has a chain of golden spots on the hind wings. The females are dark-brown and they are bigger 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 hypolitus (male above / female below). Troides hypolitus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. Some veins are bordered by white colour.
The underside of Troides hypolitus is a copy from upside.  

The hind wings of Troides hypolitus are grey. The outer edge is black and it contains a chain of golden spots. The veins are black.
The underside is a copy from upside. But, the basic colour is white. 

The body (abdomen) is black and yellow, but the underside is white and yellowish. It looks like a wasp. Head and thorax are black. The nape has a red hair-coat. 

Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. It is larger than the male. The basic colour of the female is dark-brown. Many veins are bordered by white colour. The golden spots are bigger and they contains a black core. The underside is a copy from upside.


Distribution

Troides hypolitus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. The distribution is restricted on Molucca Island and Celebes.


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 1775 by Cramer. There are three subspecies.

This butterfly 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
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the subspecies Troides hypolitus cellularis (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 16 - 17 cm.

Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Naturhistorisches Museum Wien; Photographer Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see the subspecies Troides hypolitus sulaensis (female). The wingspan is about 19 cm.


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Troides hypolitus.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

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Scientific name

Troides hypolitus Cramer 1775  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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