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Urania Swallowtail Moth

Urania fulgens

Description:

I was standing on a dirt road through dense rainforest near a small waterfall photographing butterflies, when this moth flew past me at a great speed and landed on a bush right in front of me. It stayed a minute then flew off.

Habitat:

Montane tropical rainforest

Notes:

Since then, I have been seeing 1 or 2 every day. Must be the season !

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30 Comments (1–25)

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

Green-banded Urania Moth found in Peru
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/104...

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

Torsten, found the Urania leilus in Peru. Will post photos later...

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks Dr Namgyal...

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Excellent spotting!

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks Torsten, I'll keep an eye open for Urania leilus...

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks Kathleen, Lauren and Arun...

Arun
Arun 4 years ago

Congratulations :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Congratulations Pam! So beautiful!

tmvdh
tmvdh 4 years ago

By the way, Pam: Urania fulgens does not occur in Peru, but the closely related Urania leilus does...

Beautiful! Congratulations Pam.

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks Leana...

Awesome! Congratulations Pamela!

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

Thanks Karen... Where were you in the Amazon? Wonder if I'll see them in Peru?

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks Antonio. Always quick to comment and give praise, you are much appreciated and a great example of a PN Ranger...

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks Lisa for another totally unexpected SOTD for this pretty amazing looking moth... Was lucky I found it in Moth Week !

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 4 years ago

I got some good pictures of them puddling in the Amazon regioin

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

No Gilma, not going to Drake this time. Was there 2 or 3 years ago and it is amazing. Especially the diving. Only here for a very short time, on my way to Peru where I will spend a month out in the field. So not really visiting anywhere this year, just calling in to see a friend ! Won't be in your area either unfortunately. Pura Vida !

Congratulations, Pam.
Bienvenida a Costa Rica.
Are you planing to visit Drake? I have been told it is amazing seems to me you are heading that way.

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

Yes Sigg, my friend said that a couple of weeks ago she saw them everywhere here and many beside the roads dead. I am seeing 1 or 2 a day at the moment, so the main migration seems to have passed. Luckily I have seen 3 quite close up, but yet to get a really good photo, as they mostly stop in the shade.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 4 years ago

Memories of Ecuador 2 years past. I love those moths. Didn't see a one in CR. Congrats on your SOTD!

Beautiful capture Pamsai,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 4 years ago

Congratulations pamsai! This beautiful moth has been selected as our Spot of the Day!

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https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/7...

SG in CR
SG in CR 4 years ago

Here in Northern Costa Rica they have been passing through for a couple weeks already. They seem to be migrating north. This year there are quite a few. Most years they are pretty rare here. Hard to get a picture though as they never seem to stop.

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

Woops, thanks Torsten. Corrected! Slip of the pen so to speak !

tmvdh
tmvdh 4 years ago

Pam, the correct common name is Urania (not Urantia) Swallowtail Moth.

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Bahía Ballena, Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jul 23, 2016
Submitted on Jul 24, 2016

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