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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. 

Urania leilus

SKU: 2619043
£72.00Price