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Rajah Brooke's Birdwing Butterfly

Trogonoptera brookiana


A distinctive black and electric-green birdwing butterfly from the rainforests in the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna and various small islands west of Sumatra (Banyak, Simeulue, Batu and Mentawai). The wings of the male butterflies are black and each forewing has seven teeth-shaped electric-green markings (the smaller hindwings are also black with green markings). The head is bright red and the body is black with red markings. The wings of the female butterflies are browner with prominent white flashes at the tips of the forewings and at the base of the hindwings. Both genders resemble the more restricted relative, the Palawan Birdwing, but (among others) males of the Rajah Brooke's Birdwing have more green to the rearwings


Rajah Brooke's Birdwing is a protected species, listed under Appendix II of CITES, meaning that international trade is restricted. The butterfly is the national butterfly of Malaysia

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Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Beautiful grate shot

KatCuff 9 years ago

Very pretty!

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Pahang, Malaysia

Spotted on Jan 28, 2011
Submitted on Jan 17, 2012

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