Troides minos (Southern Birdwing)

Troides minos, also called Southern Birdwing is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1779 by Cramer. The wingspan is about 15 – 16 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides minos is black. The hind wings are orange or golden. 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 minos (male above / female below). Troides minos is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

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.


Distribution

Troides minos is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in India.


his world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Aristolochiaceae

General information

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.


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Troides minos.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Troides vandepolli Snellen 1890 


Scientific name

Troides minos Cramer 1779  


Other names

 Southern Birdwing


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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