Sunset Moth

Subject: What butterfly is this?
Location: Manual Antonio, Costa Rica
May 26, 2012 9:37 pm
I saw this butterfly in Manual Antonia Park in Costa Rica in May. We call it a stealth butterfly because of the same but what is it?
Signature: B

Sunset Moth

Dear B,
This Sunset Moth,
Urania fulgens, looks and acts more like a butterfly than most other moths, so your error is easily understood.  The Sunset Moth is brightly colored and diurnal in habit, preferring to fly during the daylight hours rather than at night. 

Thank you! I thought it was in the swallowtail family. Thank you again!

Do not confuse the Swallowtail Moths (see BugGuide) with the Swallowtail Butterflies.

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