Troides hypolitus is a
Photos for easy identification
Here you can see some photos of Troides hypolitus (male above / female below). Troides hypolitus is a member of the
The fore wings are black. Some veins are bordered by white colour.
The underside of Troides hypolitus is a copy from upside.
The hind wings of Troides hypolitus are grey. The outer edge is black and it contains a chain of golden spots. The veins are black.
The underside is a copy from upside. But, the basic colour is white.
The body (abdomen) is black and yellow, but the underside is white and yellowish. It looks like a wasp. Head and thorax are black. The nape 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. Many veins are bordered by white colour. The golden spots are bigger and they contains a black core. The underside is a copy from upside.
Troides hypolitus is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia) ecozone. The distribution is restricted on Molucca Island and Celebes.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Cramer. There are three subspecies.
This butterfly is strictly protected. It is listed in the appendix II from CITES.
Here you can see the subspecies Troides hypolitus cellularis (male left / female right). The wingspan is about 16 - 17 cm.
Here you can see some macro photos of Troides hypolitus.
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 hypolitus Cramer 1775
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: HYPOLITUS