The Butterflies used to create these earrings are allowed to live out their full lives and purchasing these earrings helps with jobs for people in third world countries.
The Madagascar Sunset Moth was first described in 1773 by Dru Dury. Dury thought the insect was a butterfly so it was classified in the genus Papilo. Later in 1823, Jacob Hubner discovered the “butterfly” to be a moth and it was placed in the genus Chrysirida. The moth is regarded as one of the most beautiful lepidopterans due to its brightly colored wings. The moth also has commercial importance. In the Victorian Era the wings were used to make jewelry. Despite being perused by collectors and jewelry makers, the moth is not threatened or endangered.