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Madagascan Sunset Moth
Madagascan sunset moths (Chrysiridia rhipheus) are known as one of the most beautiful species in the Lepidoptera. Their brightly coloured wings are not only fascinating and mesmerising but are also a good defence method to warn away predators. These moths are within the family Uraniidae and are daytime flying species. Their wings are so stunning, but their iridescent parts do not have any pigmentation, the colours are formed from optical interference. At first, it was thought that this species was native to China or Bengal, but it was found to be endemic to Madagascar.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Native to Wisconsin, this species of butterfly (Speyeria cybele) gets its name from the Latin word fritillus, meaning chessboard or dice box. This coincides with the chessboard-like patterns on their wings. The underneath of the wings is particularly special as they have silver spots. This is a great defense mechanism to help ward away predators but is also stunning to see.
The Large Blue (Phengaris arion) butterfly is a remarkable butterfly that has been brought back from the dead due to an amazing conservation scheme. After their extinction in the 1970s, the work of several conservation organisations has meant that these butterflies are now thriving in parts of the U.K. Not only are they extraordinary to look at but they have been through a remarkable life journey and are exactly the perfect specimen for this project.
Five-spot Burnet Moth
The Five-spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena trifolii) is the final specimen of this series. A small and simple daytime moth with five bright spots of colour on the upper side wings. This moth can be found in the U.K and is commonly found in wetlands. Chosen for its simplicity and the hints of blue that can be seen in certain lights. It is the perfect specimen to complete this series.