Troides minos (Southern Birdwing)
Troides minos, also called Southern Birdwing is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Troides minos (male above / female below). Troides minos is a member of the
The fore wings are black. The veins are bordered by white colour.
The underside of Troides minos is very similar to the upside.
The hind wings of Troides minos are orange or golden. The veins and the edge of the wing are black.
The underside is very similar to the upside.
The body (abdomen) is yellowish, 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 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. The golden area contains a chain of black spots. The underside is a copy from upside.
Troides minos is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in India.
- Aristolochia indica
- Aristolochia tagala
- Thottea siliquosa
The first description of this butterfly was in 1779 by Cramer. There are no subspecies.
Troides minos 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 minos.
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 minos Cramer 1779
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: MINOS