Madagascan Sunset Moths mounted under glass dome - Urania ripheus - 32×20×20 cm

Madagascan Sunset Moths mounted under glass dome - Urania ripheus - 32×20×20 cm
2019 - Madagascar - non-CITES species

Stunning dome filled with 4 tropical Urania ripheus butterflies/moths.

Urania ripheus, also known as the Sunset Moth, is a moth widely considered to be one of the most visually striking lepidopteran (butterfly/moth) species in existence. As members of this species flap their wings, the hues and patterns that the human eye perceives shift, to a bit of a kaleidoscopic effect.

Interestingly enough however, much of the colour that the human eye perceives off the species’ wings is a result of optical interference; the wings do not actually possess pigment. As such, the wings don’t seem as colorful in subdued light. Being diurnal and so visually striking when irradiated, it has been (and still is frequently) confused for a species of butterfly. It is endemic to Madagascar and can be found throughout most of the year in most parts of the island, with peak populations between March and August.

Dimensions Glass Dome:
Height: 32 cm
Width: 20 cm

The butterflies are not wild-caught but farmed to create this piece.

Is shipped with extreme care and sent by registered post

Lot details
Madagascan Sunset Moths
mounted under glass dome
Scientific Name
Urania ripheus
CITES relevancy
non-CITES species
32×20×20 cm
1.3 kg
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