Urania leilus Moth | Small Display
Display approx. size: 5" x 5"
Specimen approx. size: 2.75" x 3"
**Farm raised, not captured in nature**
Urania leilus, also know as the green-banded urania, is a day-flying moth of the family Uraniidae. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae. It is found in central South America east of the Andes mountains, especially in the Amazon rainforest. It has also been found on rarer occasions in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. Its habitat of choice consists of rainforest riverbanks at elevations between sea level and about 800 meters (2,600 feet). Its wings are black, with staggering green stripes and patches of blue and white on its hindwings. It is frequently confused for a butterfly because of its coloration, as well as its diurnality.