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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 2 years ago

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

pamsai
pamsai 2 years ago

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

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

thanks Dr Namgyal...

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 years ago

Excellent spotting!

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

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

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

thanks Kathleen, Lauren and Arun...

Arun
Arun 3 years ago

Congratulations :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 3 years ago

Congratulations Pam! So beautiful!

tmvdh
tmvdh 3 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 3 years ago

thanks Leana...

Awesome! Congratulations Pamela!

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

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

pamsai
pamsai 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

pamsai
pamsai 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

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SG in CR
SG in CR 3 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 3 years ago

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

tmvdh
tmvdh 3 years ago

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

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Bahía Ballena, Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.27, Long: -83.81

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

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