Trogonoptera brookiana (Raja Brooke's Birdwing)
Trogonoptera brookiana, also called Raja Brooke's Birdwing is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Trogonoptera brookiana (Raja Brooke's Birdwing) (male above / female below). Trogonoptera brookiana is a member of the
The fore wings are black. At the outer edge there is a chain of big, acuminate, green spots.
The underside of Trogonoptera brookiana is dark-brown. There are some short, green lines in the middle of the wing. Next to the body there are two blue lines.
The hind wings of Trogonoptera brookiana are black. Next to the body there is a big, green area. The veins are black and they cleave the green area.
The underside is dark-brown. At the outer edge there is a chain of white spots. These spots have a black core.
The body (abdomen) is brown. Head and thorax are black. The nape and the underside of thorax have a red hair-coat.
Sex differences: The female covers the upper range of the wing-span. The basic colour of the female is brown. In the wing tip there is a white area. The veins are brown. There is a green and blue area on the hind wings. On the underside there are some blue, green and white spots.
Trogonoptera brookiana (Raja Brooke's Birdwing) is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. The distribution is restricted on Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Aristolochia acuminata
- Aristolochia foveolata
The first description of this butterfly was in 1855 by Wallace. There are three subspecies.
- Trogonoptera brookiana albescens [Rothschild, 1895]
- Trogonoptera brookiana natunensis [Rothschild]
- Trogonoptera brookiana trogon [Vollenhoven, 1860]
Trogonoptera brookiana is, like all other Birdwings a true miracle of nature. This butterfly is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.
Here you can see some macro photos of Trogonoptera brookiana.
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
Trogonoptera brookiana Wallace 1855
(in past: Troides brookiana)
Raja Brooke's Birdwing
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: TROIDINI
- Genus: TROGONOPTERA
- Specific name: BROOKIANA