Rajah Brooke Butterfly

The Rajah Brooke Butterfly (Trogonoptera brookiana), is a distinctive black and electric-green birdwing butterfly from rainforests in Borneo and Malaysia. It is the national butterfly of Malaysia.

The wings of the male butterflies are black and each forewing has seven teeth-shaped electric-green markings. The wings of the female butterflies are browner with prominent white flashes at the tips of the forewings and at the base of the hindwings. The head is bright red and the body is black with red markings.

This butterfly was named by the naturalist Alfred R. Wallace in 1855, after Sir James Brooke, the Rajah of Sarawak.

Photo Credit: Erin Silversmith