Troides aeacus (male)

Things

insect traders

should know

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Things insect traders should know

There are some restrictions on the collection and trade of insects in Thailand that you should know about.

  1. Places you cannot collect

  2. It is illegal to collect any wildlife in either National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries or Non-hunting Areas without written permission from the Director-General of the Royal Forest Department. As insects were included under the legal definition of wildlife in 1992 (The Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act (1992)) insects cannot be collected in any of these areas. Those found collecting, or with insects originating, from these areas will be prosecuted.

  3. Insects you cannot collect

  4. Thirteen insect taxa are listed (below) as protected in Thailand (Ministerial Regulation No. 4, 1995, under the Wild Animal Preservation and Protection Act 1992, Article 6). These include species of butterflies, moths and beetles. These protected species, whether alive or dead, or parts thereof, are illegal to collect or have in your possession anywhere in Thailand.

    Scientific name*

    Common Name

    Type

    Cheirotonus parryi

     

    Beetle

    Cladagnathus giraffa

     

    Beetle

    Mouhotia batesi

     

    Beetle

    Mormolyce phyllodes

    Violin Beetle

    Beetle

    Actias spp.

    Luna Moths

    Moth

    Lyssa zampa

    The Giant Uranid Moth

    Moth

    Bhutanitis spp.

    Swallowtails

    Butterfly

    Meandrusa gyas

    The Brown Gorgon

    Butterfly

    Papilio palinurus

    The Banded Peacock

    Butterfly

    Papilio protenor

    The Spangle

    Butterfly

    Stichophthalma spp.

    The Junglequeens

    Butterfly

    Teinopalpus spp.

    Kaiserhinds

    Butterfly

    Troides spp.

    Birdwing Butterflies

    Butterfly

    * spp. indicates all species within the genus are covered;

    † this list is currently (July 2000) being reviewed and may change in the future

  5. CITES

  6. Thailand is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora which controls the export and import of endangered animal and plant species listed in the Appendices to the Convention. Prior to export of any insect (dead, alive or part thereof) listed in the CITES appendices (see table below) you must obtain permission from the CITES office (see below).

    Scientific name*

    Common Name

    Bhutanitis spp.

    Swallowtails

    Ornithoptera spp.

    Birdwing Butterflies

    Papilio chikae

    Luzon Peacock Swallowtail

    Papilio homerus

    Homerus Swallowtail

    Papilio hospiton

    Corsican Swallowtail

    Parnassius apollo

    Apollo, Mountain Apollo, Apollo Butterfly

    Teinopalpus spp.

    Kaiserhinds

    Trogonoptera spp.

    Birdwing Butterflies

    Troides spp.

    Birdwing Butterflies

    * spp. indicates all species within the genus are covered

    Please note that the CITES regulations cover not only species found in Thailand but also those that may be imported from other countries.

  7. Laws of other nations

In addition to the laws of Thailand other countries also have their own laws relating to the importation of insects. In some cases it is necessary to have documentation from Thailand certifying that the insects have been obtained in accordance with Thai laws before the insects will be permitted entry into the country. Please ensure that you are aware of the import requirements of the country into which you plan to import any insect and if you require certification please contact the CITES office (below) who can provide this certification.

 

Photographs

The pictures included in this brochure are some examples of insects that can be found illegally traded in Thailand please do not buy or sell these or any other protected insects.

The cover photograph is a Troides aeacus , wingspan 10.5-12.0CM

The symbols and used in this brochure represent male and female sexes respectively.

Further information

If you need more information please contact a provincial forestry office or contact the Forest Protection Office at the address below:

Forest Protection Office

Royal Forest Department

61 Phahonyothin Rd

Chatujak, Bangkok 10 900

Ph: (02) 561 4292-3 ext.324

Fx: (02) 579 5266

Email: wildlife_protection@forest.go.th or entomology@forest.go.th

To contact the CITES office about import/export permits:

CITES Office

Royal Forest Department

61 Phahonyothin Rd

Chatujak, Bangkok 10 900

Ph: (02) 561 4292-3 ext. 709

Fx: (02) 561 4838

Email: cites@forest.go.th

www.forest.go.th/fig

More information about the Thai protected species found in the Thai language "Protected Insects" poster produced by the Department of Agriculture and available from there.

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"The Royal Forest Department" does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information contained within this material. "The Royal Forest Department" shall not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits, which may result from the use of this material.

Trogonoptera trojana (female) Trogonoptera brookiana (male) Teinopalpus imperialis_m.gif (male) Ornithoptera meridionalis (male) Mormolyce phyllodes Cheirotonus parryi (male) Actias rhodopneuma (male)