Atlas Moth by Damienne Bingham

Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)
London Zoo, England.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 50mm f2.5 Compact Macro
f/3.5, 1/200s, ISO 200

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay archipelago. In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk in a non-commercial capacity; unlike that produced by the related Silkworm moth (Bombyx mori), Atlas moth silk is secreted as broken strands. This brown, wool-like silk is thought to have greater durability and is known as fagara. Atlas moth cocoons have been employed as purses in Taiwan.
Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area [upwards of c. 400 cm2 (62 sq in)]. Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 25–30 cm (10–12 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier.
The largest lepidopteran in terms of wingspan is thought to be the White Witch, Thysania agrippina. A record specimen of Attacus atlas from Java measured 262 mm, while Thysania are claimed to be about 270–280 mm (11 in). Based on some spread specimens and angle of wing, actual measurements of around 289 mm have been estimated.
Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as “snake’s head moth”, referring to apical extension of the forewing, which bears a passing resemblance to a snake’s head. (care of Wikipedia)

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  • Fremme
    Fremmeover 6 years ago

    another great image, details, colors and great composition, well framed, cheers

  • Thank you very much :) I really appreciate your opinion!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Julie Thomas
    Julie Thomasover 6 years ago

    Wow! this is the most detail i have ever seen of wings!! the colours are gorgeous… amazing macro!

  • Thank you very much :) I was lucky that this guy was fairly docile, he spent a lot of time sitting around. And he was massive, about 5 inches across!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • CynLynn
    CynLynnover 6 years ago

    Very nicley done!! beautiful colors and patterns, super work, cindy

  • Thanks Cindy! I really appreciate the input :)

    – Damienne Bingham

  • karenanderson
    karenandersonover 6 years ago

    :0 … the details are extraordinary … amazing wonderful capture ….

  • Thank you Karen :) I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • noddy13
    noddy13over 6 years ago

    wow the detail is so amazing. i am trying to get into macro though the macro lense for my camera cost $850 so before i went out and bought that i thought i will do it cheaper and i bought A 10X MACRO FILTER though i dont seem to be getting the photos quite as close as u. any suggestions. roxy =)

  • To be honest, the only way to get really good quality macro photos is to invest in a dedicated macro lens. I’m using a 50mm macro lens at the moment, I think it costs about $500 or so, but it’s actually inadequate for what I want to do now, so I need to upgrade to something – but you’re right, they just cost so much, it’s hard to prioritise that kind of money for it!

    Using filters is a good way to start to practice macro, and also there are some really cheap “extension tubes” on the market that you can use with your normal kit lens or whatever, and it increases the focal length so you can get closer to your subjects and create macro work. The drawback is that the tubes create Extremely shallow depth of field and they negate the auto focus, so you have to do it all yourself.

    But they are still very fun to play with, I bought an extremely cheap set for about 20 bucks on ebay, but the “good quality” ones are still quite cheap, Kenko is a good brand and they cost about 150 bucks I think. They come in a set of three that screw together to be stacked or can be used individually (screwed onto your own lens). Also there are things like lens babies and bellows’ which give macro effects too.

    Hope that helps a little and makes sense to you!

    Cheers for the lovely comment :)


    – Damienne Bingham

  • noddy13
    noddy13over 6 years ago

    thanks heaps that helps heaps. i think i will invest in a proper macro lens.

    thanks again roxy xox

  • My pleasure hun :)

    – Damienne Bingham

  • DavidROMAN
    DavidROMANover 6 years ago

    Too cooooool!

  • Cheers! :) Glad you like it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Deanna Roberts Think in Pictures
    Deanna Roberts...over 6 years ago

    Incredible. Well done Damienne! I’m impressed by how close you can get with that great lense. Nice work :D

  • Thanks Deanna :) I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    – Damienne Bingham

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    Superb image, brilliant macro

  • Thanks Jesika!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonover 4 years ago

    WOW Great closeup ! Great Colors !

  • Thanks Corinne!

    – Damienne Bingham

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