The urania leilus is also known as the green-banded urania. It was first described by Carl Linnaeus – a Swedish botanist and zoologist. He described the species in his 1758 10th edition of Systema Naturae.
Commonly found in South American rainforests, this species of moth prefers habitats consisting of riverbanks. These moths can be found at elevations between sea level and ~800 m (2,600 ft). The species is easy to confuse with the similar fulgens moth, which is found west of the Andes in South America. The leilus, however, is slightly larger with more white to its tail.
The wingspan of the leilus moth is approximately 70mm.
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