The World of Birdwing Butterflies



Troides minos is a close relative of T. aeacus and T. rhadamantus. It is an endemic to India, where it occupies the Eastern and Western Ghat ranges. Although encountered down to sea-level it is more numerous in the 1,000-2,000 m elevation.

Very few specimens exist in today's commercial market. This might reflect an efficient protection of the species in India rather than any scarcity of specimens in nature; T. minos is reported to be locally common.

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T. minos

Auctor: Cramer, 1779
Syn.: astenous Fabricius, 1781 (part.)
Syn.: amphrisius Godart, 1819 (part.)
Syn.: helicaon Boisduval, 1836 (part.)
Syn.: pompeus Doubleday, 1846
Syn.: nomis Ehrmann, 1921
Distribution: S. and W. India; from Mumbai via Western Ghat Range to
Trivandrum. Also along Eastern Ghat to Chennai.
Etymology: Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeakus were the three judges of the
underworld in Greek mythology. Minos was king of Crete, son of
Zeus and Europa.
Described forms:
mf. pasifae Haugum & Low, 1982

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