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Urania swallowtail moth

Urania fulgens

Description:

This is one of the few species of moths that fly during the day. They make its annual trip from August through November and never return. They travel from southern Mexico to northern Ecuador, seeking plants to lay their eggs. Their caterpillars only eat the leaves of trees of genus Omphalea. They then travel to locate Omphalea low toxicity plants and higher nutritional value out of where they bred. The Omphalea and Urania have a plant-animal relationship for more than 200 million years. The Urania comes from where their mothers laid eggs.------------------------- Son unas de las pocas especies de polillas que vuelan de día. Durante el mes de agosto hasta fines de noviembre realiza su viaje anual hacia el sur y no retorna. Desde el sur de México hasta el norte de Ecuador, las polillas buscan donde poner sus huevos. En Panamá, por la forma del Istmo, el vuelo es más bien hacia el Este. Las orugas sólo comen hojas de árboles del género Omphalea. Esto provoca en la planta una respuesta tóxica para evitar ser devorada. Entonces viajan para localizar Omphalea de baja toxicidad y de mayor valor nutritivo fuera de donde se reprodujeron. La Omphalea y Urania tienen una relación planta-animal desde hace más de 200 millones de años. La Urania viene de donde sus progenitoras pusieron los huevos.

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23 Comments

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 8 years ago

all those moths flying together - so neat!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 8 years ago

Beautiful SOTD!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD, a very beautiful and interesting moth.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

what a beauty............. congratulations.............

They are so beautiful but hard to see details, I have seen many lately, I was wondering why they did not stop in the Garden...now I know, thank you for the information, rams4d.

rams4d
rams4d 8 years ago

JuanDitrani, pensé que tenía puesto el moth, hice ese spot casi dormido ese día, gracias por corregirlo.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

WOW! Great series and spots. I would have guessed it was a swallowtail butterfly. Moth!!! I love moths. Congratulations!

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 8 years ago

Excellent photos and information. Thank you for sharing this wonderful organism with us! Congratulations on earning the Spotting of the Day honor!

rams4d
rams4d 8 years ago

Thanks to all !!!

rams4d
rams4d 8 years ago

JuanDitrani, mira pues, de algo valió la pena perseguir ese spot hasta el final.

rams4d
rams4d 8 years ago

Arya, but the shape is the color scheme that indicates toxicity if being eaten.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Really gorgeous ! Congratulations :)

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Amazing. Congratulations!

Arya
Arya 8 years ago

I like the shape. I bet it throws off predators

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 8 years ago

Congratulations on making SOTD with your beautiful moth rams4d

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

aaaa, te lo ganaste, felicidades!!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 8 years ago

Beautiful and amazing. I want to see one

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

What a beauty! Thank you for sharing & congratulations!

Proving moths can be as spectacular as butterflies; the fabulous day-flying urania swallowtail moth is our Spotting of the Day!

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Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

Te recomiendo que cambies el título a Urania Moth (no butterfly)

dotun55
dotun55 8 years ago

Interesting moth!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

Jo, eso fue rápido, yo todavía no acabo de decantar mis fotos

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Incredible story….

JillBlack
JillBlack 8 years ago

Awesome looking moth

rams4d
Spotted by
rams4d

Panamá, Panamá, Panama

Spotted on Nov 11, 2013
Submitted on Nov 12, 2013

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