The Beautiful Madagascar Sunset Moth
The Madagascan Sunset Moth (Urania rhipheus) was first cataloged by Dru Drury in 1773. Urania rhipheus was first thought to be a Butterfly because it was incorrectly described as having clubbed antennae. Once the inaccuracy was discovered it was classified as a Moth and placed in the genes Urania. The Madagascar Sunset Moth is a day flying moth with iridescent colors brought out by a phenomenon called optical interference. This moth is widely believed to be one of the most beautiful moths in the world.
The Madagascar Sunset Moth is found in the wild in China and in Madagascar. It is sought after by many collectors and raised in many butterfly farms throughout the world. The specimen pictured was raised in a butterfly farm in China and purchased online. Today there are many butterfly farms in the USA and throughout the world. Through donations and purchases they help conserve many Native species of the areas in which they serve. This display and others can be found for purchase www.EveryThinInsects.com.