Troides magellanus (Magellan Birdwing)
Troides magellanus, also called Magellan Birdwing is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Troides magellanus (Magellan Birdwing) (male above / female below). Troides magellanus is a member of the
The fore wings are black. The veins are bordered by white colour.
The underside of Troides magellanus is very similar to the upside, but some veins are bordered by yellow colour.
The hind wings of Troides magellanus are golden. The veins and the edge of the wing are black. The golden area has an optical effect. Sometimes it looks like an opal. The golden colour can change into green colour or blue colour.
The underside is very similar to the upside and has also the optical effect.
The body (abdomen) is yellowish, but the underside is yellow. Head and thorax are black.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is dark-brown or black. The veins are bordered by white colour. There is a golden area with dark veins on the hind wings. At the edge there is a chain of golden spots. The underside is a copy from upside.
Troides magellanus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Indonesia and on the Philippines.
- Aristolochia acuminata
- Aristolochia debilis
- Aristolochia zollingeriana
The first description of this butterfly was in 1862 by C. & R. Felder. There are only one subspecies.
Troides magellanus is, like all other Birdwings a true miracle of nature. This butterfly is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.
The hind wings have an optical effect. At a definite point of view the golden area can change its colour like an opal. The golden colour will change into a green colour or a blue colour. This phenomenon is very fantastic.
Here you can see the optical effect of Troides magellanus.
Here you can see some macro photos of Troides magellanus.
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 magellanus C. & R. Felder 1862
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: MAGELLANUS