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Common Birdwing Butterfly

Troides helena


A large butterfly. Coloured; yellow and black...visually the most striking combination. The bright colours proclaim the fact that it is distasteful and potential predators should look elsewhere for a tasty mouthful. According to ARKIVE " The common birdwing is amongst the largest and most beautiful butterflies in Asia."


Just outside Bon Farmhouse in Kewzing, West Sikkim.A remote area.


When it flew past me I thought it was a bird! This is a butterfly that collectors like and is listed in Appendix II of CITES. Appendix II, about 21,000 species, are species that are not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in specimens of such species is subject to strict regulation in order to avoid utilization incompatible with the survival of the species in the wild.

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Sikkim, India

Lat: 27.28, Long: 88.32

Spotted on Oct 11, 2016
Submitted on Oct 16, 2016

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