The Golden Birdwing, Troides rhadamantus
Birdwings are named for their birdlike flight, their exceptional size and their angular wings sometimes with featherlike patterns.
The Golden Birdwings posses thermoreceptors on veins of their wings and on their antennae. These thermoreceptors are sensitive to sudden increases in temperature and they are thought to help the butterfly to avoid overheating while basking in the sun.
Golden Birdwing butterflies are native to the Philippines, where many subspecies can be found on different islands. Both sides of the forewings are black streaked with white, while the hindwings are bright yellow edged with black. The underside of the abdomen is bright yellow, but the rest of the body is black.Click here to go back to Butterflies Main Page >