Urania fulgens

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Urania swallowtail moth
Urania fulgens MHNT dos.jpg
Urania fulgens - MHNT
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Urania fulgens △ - MHNT
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Uraniidae
Subfamily: Uraniinae
Genus: Urania
Species: U. fulgens
Binomial name
Urania fulgens
(Walker, 1854)
  • Cydimon cacica Guenee, 1857

Urania fulgens, the urania swallowtail moth, is a day-flying moth of the Uraniidae family. It is found from Veracruz, Mexico, through Central America to northwestern South America (west of the Andes and south to Ecuador).[1][2] It is highly migratory and has been recorded as a vagrant to Texas, USA.[2]

It is sometimes confused with the similar U. leilus, but that species is found east of the Andes in South America, is slightly larger, and has more white to the "tail".[1] The two have been treated as conspecific.[1]

As appears to be the case for all Urania, the larvae of U. fulgens feed exclusively on the toxic Omphalea species.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Smith, N.G. (1972). Migrations of the day-flying moth Urania in Central and South America. Caribbean Journal of Science 12: 45-58
  2. ^ a b Quinn, M. (2011). Urania Natural History. Texas Lep Information. Accessed 12 October 2011.
  3. ^ Lees, D.C. and N.G. Smith (1991). Foodplant Associations of the Uraniinae (Uraniidae) and their Systematic, Evolutionary, and Ecological Significance. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 45(4): 296-347.