A Urania leilus Migration

Victor C. Quesnel


The White-tailed page, Urania leilus, is a day-flying moth which is resident in Trinidad being more common in the south than north of the island. Migration of the moth occurs periodically during the petit careme, usually in an easterly direction. Major migrations have occurred in 1969, 1973 and 1995 (Quesnel 1971, 1975, 1996). Another migration occurred in 2007 from 14 September to 13 October when the last one was seen. This migration was seen along the main roads from Talparo to Port of Spain, but they were fewer in numbers when compared to previous years.

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