Troides oblongomaculatus

Troides oblongomaculatus is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1779 by Goeze. The wingspan is about 17 – 18 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides oblongomaculatus is black. The hind wings have a golden area. The females are brown and they has some yellow spots.



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 oblongomaculatus (male above / female below). Troides oblongomaculatus is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black.
The underside of Troides oblongomaculatus is very similar to the upside.

The hind wings of Troides oblongomaculatus are black. In the middle of the wing, there is a large, golden area. The veins are black. 
The underside is very similar to the upside.

The body (abdomen) is brown, but the underside is yellow. Head and thorax are black. The underside of the thorax has a red hair-coat. 

Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is brown. The veins are bordered by white colour. There is a yellow 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.

Geschlechtsunterschiede: Das Weibchen deckt den oberen Bereich der Spannweite ab. Die Grundfarbe des Weibchens ist braun. Die Adern sind weiß umrandet. Auf den Hinterflügeln ist ein gelblicher Bereich, der mit dunklen Adern durchzogen ist. Am äußeren Rand verläuft eine gelbe Fleckenreihe. Die Unterseite gleicht der Oberseite.


Distribution

Troides oblongomaculatus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on Neuguinea and some neighbour-islands.


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 1779  by Goeze. There are seven subspecies.

Troides oblongomaculatusis, like all other Birdwings a true miracle of nature. This butterfly is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.

Troides oblongomaculatus papuensis

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 oblongomaculatus papuensis (left male / right female).

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 form Troides oblongomaculatus papuensis f papuana (left male / right female).


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Troides criton C. & R. Felder 1860 

Troides darsius Gray 1852    

Troides riedeli Kirsch 1885   

Troides vandepolli Snellen 1890


Scientific name

Troides oblongomaculatus Goeze 1779  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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