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Green-banded Urania

Urania leilus


The Green-banded Urania (Urania leilus) is a day-flying moth of the Uraniidae family. It is found in tropical South America east of the Andes. It is sometimes confused with the similar Urania fulgens, but that species is found west of the Andes in South America, Central America, and Mexico, is slightly smaller and has less white to the "tail".


The habitat consists of riverbanks in primary and secondary rainforest at elevations between sea level and about 800 m (2,600 ft).

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LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Congratulations! Gorgeous moth! Several years ago we had a massive outbreak of Urania here in San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico. There were thousands of them all over the highway and neighboring fields. It was beautiful to see.

Great spotting!
I see you saw it on: Mother of God!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Beautiful!!! Congratulations on Spotting of the Day!
Please consider adding this to my mission, Moths of the World:

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Congratulations Marie-France! Your moth is beautiful!

VitoSarancha 8 years ago

Félicitations! c'est magnifique! coup de coeur!

kittuandme 8 years ago

Congrats On the SOTD!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Congratulations Marie-France - it's a beauty!

Beautiful capture Marie,congrats on the SOTD,thanks for sharing

ceherzog 8 years ago

wow...I would have never thought it a does have a moth-like body though...the antennae even look butterfly like!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Congratulations Marie

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Félicitations Marie-France!

Thanks a lot every body for your nice comments.....
I am very happy to have for the first time, the spotting of the day !!!..
Thanks also Karen to have add some good comments on this moth.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Beautiful, Congratulations!

Arun 8 years ago

Awesome .. Congratulations !!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Gorgeous! Well deserved congrats :)

Atul 8 years ago

Beautiful ! Congratulations !!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Congradulations Marie!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

great find, Congratulations Marie!

Congratulations on the SOTD, Beautiful!beautiful!

KarenL 8 years ago

Congratulations Marie-France! This stunning moth has earned you your first spotting of the day!

Dispelling the myth that all moths are dull and drab, this spectacular species proves that they can be every bit as beautiful as butterflies. Urania leilus is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and Peru.

Inambari, Madre de Dios, Peru

Spotted on Apr 22, 2007
Submitted on Jan 6, 2013

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