March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
Female Golden Birdwing (troides amphrysus) hanging out in the shade of a leafy branch. I saw a few of them doing this, forelegs and middle legs hooked on the branch, proboscis wrapped around it. Perhaps resting after their morning feed of nectar. They like the lantanas.
These large butterflies have a wingspan of up to 15 centimetres, and are usually the last butterflies to retire before dusk. They have a set of distinctive hindwings. The female has much more of the markings near the edge of the wings. The male has very little of the markings on the hindwings. Both male and female are yellow on the underside of the abdomen.