Uraniid Moths (Urania leilus & Urania fulgens)

Pricing: Dead (spread, as pictured): $30 (Urania leilus ONLY, which is shown at top)
Geographic Range: Central & S.America
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Availability Notes: Only Urania leilus (shown at top) is avaiable.


Image Copyright 2003
Barbara Strnadova

These diurnal moths can be found feeding on flowers like butterflies. They are known to breed continuously throughout the year and often migrate within their range. It is suspected that this is to search out new hostplants that do not have high levels of defense compounds. Larvae feed on lianas of the genus Omphalea, which respond to attacks by producing more leaf toxins.