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Madagascan Sunset Moth - Chrysiridia rhipheus (Underside)

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  • Sunset Moth - Urania ripheus - Underside
  • Sunset Moth - Urania ripheus - Underside
  • Sunset Moth - Urania ripheus - Underside

Madagascan Sunset Moth - Chrysiridia rhipheus (Underside)

Scientific Name:
Urania ripheus
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Madagascan Sunset Moth - Chrysiridia rhipheus


Chrysiridia rhipheus, also known as the Madagascan Sunset Moth, is a moth widely considered to be one of the most visually striking lepidopteran (butterfly/moth) species in existence. As members of this species flap their wings, the hues and patterns that the human eye perceives shift, to a bit of a kaleidoscopic effect. Interestingly enough however, much of the color that the human eye perceives off the species’ wings is a result of optical interference; the wings do not actually possess pigment. As such, the wings don’t seem as colorful in subdued light. Being diurnal and so visually striking when irradiated, it has been (and still is frequently) confused for a species of butterfly. It is endemic to Madagascar and can be found throughout most of the year in most parts of the island, with peak populations between March and August.


This moth rivals most butterflies in brilliance and form, and is frequently sought after by collectors. But you don’t need to be a collector in order to grab one of your very own today! Especially when displayed with other species from our collection, Chrysiridia rhipheus is an absolutely stunning addition to any space. Our all-natural, intact specimens (no fake parts here!) are all of first-rate quality, delicately prepared, mounted, and framed with double-glass glazing in our very own fabrication studio in Upstate New York. We model our frames from solid fine ashwood, and they’re available in both a matte-black, and a natural finish. Because of high demand, some of our framed insects may not immediately be in stock, and may take up to an extra week to ship due to production. Please do contact us at (212) 343-1114 ext. 401, or at, with any questions regarding availability and/or custom orders.

SKU:                                       AP-FI2020
Dimensions:                      6.000"W x 7.000"H x 1.625"D
Scientific Name:             Urania ripheus
Origin:                                  Madagascar
Shipping Restrictions: International wildlife export fees apply

Customers with shipping addresses outside of the US will be charged an additional $168.00 for US Fish & Wildlife Services processing fees. Please allow up to 60 days for your order to be processed. Read our full international wildlife shipping policy here.

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