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Unknown Butterfly
Hi,
Just returned from a trip to the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. While walking on the beach I photographed this beautiful butterfly. Black and green swallowtail. Is it in the Graphium family or??? thanks,
Marilyn

Hi Marily,
It might seem deceptive that it is brightly colored, flies by day, but is not a butterfly. This is a Swallowtail Moth, Urania fulgens. We found a website that indicates that this Central and South American species occasionally ranges into Florida. This species is prone to population explosions and mass migrations.

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bug identification request
Hi,
I saw the attached bug in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon. My guide told me it was a swallow-tailed moth, but it looks nothing like the description (and picture) on wikipedia. Can you help identify? Thanks,
Oliver

Hi Oliver,
Your image is of a diurnal moth in the genus Urania and Swallowtail Moth seems to be a good enough descriptive name. According to an image we located on the God of Insects website, it might be either Urania leilus or Urania fulgens or it might be a related species in the genus. It seems this is a popular genus with collectors as evidenced by the number of websites with mounted specimens for sale.

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