Troides plateni

Troides plateni  is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1888 by Staudinger. The wingspan is about 11 – 14 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. Troides plateni is black. It has two golden spots on the hind wings. The females are dark-brown and they have only a small golden area on hind wings.


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 plateni (male above / female below). Troides plateni 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 plateni is a copy from upside.  

The hind wings of Troides plateni are black. The wing is dominated by two golden spots. 
The underside is golden. The veins and the edge are black. 

The body (abdomen) is black, 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 small, golden area with dark veins on the hind wings. The underside is a copy from upside.


Distribution

Troides plateni is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly on the Philippines.


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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1888  by Staudinger. There are no subspecies.

In some publications this butterfly is listed as Troides rhadamantus plateni.

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


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Troides rhadamantus Lucas 1835 


Scientific name

Troides plateni Staudinger 1888
(Troides rhadamantus plateni)  


Other names

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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