Troides prattorum (Buru Opalescent Birdwing)
Troides prattorum, also called Buru Opalescent Birdwing is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Troides prattorum (Buru Opalescent Birdwing) (male above / female below). Troides prattorum is a member of the
The fore wings are black. The veins are bordered by white colour.
The underside of Troides prattorum is very similar to the upside, but some veins are bordered by yellow colour.
The hind wings of Troides prattorum are golden. The veins and the edge of the wing are black. The golden area has an optical effect. Sometimes it looks like an opal. The golden colour can change into green colour or blue colour.
The underside is very similar to the upside and has also the optical effect.
The body (abdomen) is black. Head and thorax are black. The underside of thorax has red hairs.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is dark-brown or black. The veins are bordered by white colour. There is a small golden area with dark veins on the hind wings. At the edge there is a chain of golden spots. The underside is a copy from upside.
Troides prattorum is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly in Buru.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1922 by Joicey & Talbot. There are no subspecies.
Troides prattorum is, like all other Birdwings a true miracle of nature. This butterfly is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.
The hind wings have an optical effect. At a definite point of view the golden area can change its colour like an opal. The golden colour will change into a green colour or a blue colour. This phenomenon is very fantastic.
Here you can see the optical effect of Troides prattorum.
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 prattorum Joicey & Talbot 1922
Buru Opalescent Birdwing
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: PRATTORUM