Urania leilus

26x19x6cm frame (claret)


Urania leilus us a day-flying moth from South America, very similar to Urania riphaeus which is found half the world away in Madagascar - an interesting divergence given how many of Madagascar's species are endemic to the island. 


I always wondered whether the name 'urania' had anything to do with diving, or soaking up liquids (see Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series, where Stephen Maturin describes himself as 'an urinator' when he wants to embarrass Jack - but he only means that he's a diver). In fact Urania is the Greek muse of astronomy, so no connection there. But it was an amusing flight of fancy. 


This moth has been prepared in the UK to museum standards and is displayed in a deep handmade shadowbox frame, mounted on white conservation-grade foam. The back of the frame is covered in really special Italian decorative paper, with a brass hook for hanging it on the wall (but it also stands perfectly on a mantlepiece or a table). It is completely sealed inside the frame and will last for generations.

Urania leilus

SKU: 2619043