Atlas Moth by Michael Cummings

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“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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butterfly, ecology, insects, nature, wildlife

Comments

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 4 years ago

    So beautiful! :))))))))

  • Thank you Vicki

    – Michael Cummings

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyabout 4 years ago

    Amazing!!

  • Thanks Val

    – Michael Cummings

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2about 4 years ago

    beautiful!

  • Thanks Dougie

    – Michael Cummings

  • NinaF
    NinaFabout 4 years ago

    What a handsome butterfly

  • Thanks Nina, it’s a biggie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Michael.

  • Thanks Bob

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    Wow!! That’s a BIG moth!!! Fabulous capture. You wouldn’t want to swat that with a newspaper! ;D

  • It’s actually too beautiful a to swat, once you see one you just stare in amazement at the colours and size

    – Michael Cummings

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Such a beauty … well captured!

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