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Atlas Moth

Artist's Description

“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 to be the largest moths in the world3 in terms of total wing surface area (upwards of c. 400 square cm or 65 square inches). Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 25-30 cm (10-12 inches). Females are appreciably larger and heavier." Wikipedia

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Artwork Comments

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
  • Michael Cummings
  • Val Saxby
  • Michael Cummings
  • dougie1page2
  • Michael Cummings
  • NinaF
  • Michael Cummings
  • Rick  Friedle
  • Bobjarrett
  • Michael Cummings
  • Akkra
  • Michael Cummings
  • Trish Meyer
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