Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rajah Brooke's Birdwing - Malaysia’s very own king of butterflies

A male Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Troides brookiana)

A group of male Rajah Brooke's Birdwing drinking at a moist spot

Rajah Brooke's Birdwing from Cameroon Highlands, Malaysia

The Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing (Troides brookiana) is the most beautiful species from other parts of the world. This birdwing was discovered by famous British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace during one of his expeditions to Borneo in 1855. He named it in honour of his friend Sir James Brooke, the Rajah of Sarawak. This species can be found in Cameroon Highlands as well.

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