Troides miranda

Troides miranda is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1869 by Butler. The wingspan is about 15 – 17 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides miranda is black. The hind wings are golden. The females are brown or 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 miranda (male above / female below). Troides miranda is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. At the wing-tip some veins are bordered by white colour.
The underside of Troides miranda is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Troides miranda are golden. The veins and the edge of the wing are black. 
The underside is very similar to the upside.

The body (abdomen) 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 brown or dark-brown. There is a small golden area with dark veins on the hind wings. There is a chain of yellow spots at the edge of the wing. The underside is a copy from upside.


Distribution

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


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

Larval food

Aristolochiaceae

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1869  by Butler. There are two subspecies.

Troides miranda is, like all other Birdwings a true miracle of nature. 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 miranda neomiranda (left male / right female).


Macro photos

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

Here you can see some macro photos of Troides miranda.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Troides amphrysus Cramer 1779

Troides andromache Staudinger 1892

Troides cuneifera Oberthür 1879  


Scientific name

Troides miranda Butler 1869  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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