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Southern Bird Wing (Male)

Troides minos

Description:

The Southern Birdwing (Troides minos) is a large and striking Swallowtail butterfly endemic to Peninsular India. With a wingspan of 140–190 mm, it is the largest butterfly found in southern India. It was earlier considered a subspecies of the Common Birdwing (Troides helena) but is now recognised as a valid species. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troides_mi...) The species is more common in the Western Ghats, which is a biodiversity hotspot with a high degree of endemism in many taxa. It is much sought after by collectors and is a highlight of many butterfly-tours in the Western Ghats.

Habitat:

South India especially the Western Ghats

Notes:

They are the largest butterflies of India. It is sitting on a Pagoda Flower (Clerodendrum paniculatum)

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9 Comments

VincentVanur
VincentVanur 5 years ago

Thank you, LuisStevens

VincentVanur
VincentVanur 5 years ago

Dear Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman, see my recent spotting http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/357...

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Beautiful butterfly!

VincentVanur
VincentVanur 5 years ago

Thank you, Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman. I have added some information from Wikipedia.

Lovely Butterfly and great series, VincentVanur, just love that beauty, could you tell us a little bit more? like what size?

VincentVanur
VincentVanur 5 years ago

Thank you, JamesFunk

JamesFunk
JamesFunk 5 years ago

Love the photos and the subject!

VincentVanur
VincentVanur 5 years ago

Thank you, Harsha Singh

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago

Wow! So lovely!

Kerala, India

Lat: 10.63, Long: 76.53

Spotted on Aug 5, 2013
Submitted on Aug 7, 2013

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