Species #301 - Rediscovery of the Malayan Birdwing
A partially everted osmeterium of the Malayan Birdwing caterpillar
The Malayan Birdwing caterpillar in its pre-pupation pose. Note the black girdle attached to the stem of the host plant
So, whichever way the Malayan Birdwing may have come over to Singapore from Malaysia, we hope that the species will return to stay and be part of the butterfly fauna of Singapore once more.
Text by Khew SK ; Photos by Khew SK & Ellen Tan. Special thanks to ButterflyCircle member Teo TP for highlighting the references of the early stages of the Malayan Birdwing, and Keith Wolfe for confirming the ID of the caterpillar
- [C&P4] The Butterflies of The Malay Peninsula, A.S. Corbet and H.M. Pendlebury, 4th Edition, Malayan Nature Society.
- A Monograph of the Birdwing Butterflies (the Systematics of Ornithoptera, Troides and Related Genera): The Genera Trogonoptera, Ripponia and Troides Vol 2 by J. Haugum and A.M. Low (1985)
- ButterflyCorner.Net - Troides amphrysus