New Women’s Chiffon Tops. They’re just so chiffon-y.

Atlas moth - Attacus atlas

Lepidoptera

Joined November 2010

  • Available
    Products
    9
  • Artist
    Notes
  • Comments 14

Wall Art

Home Decor

Bags

Stationery

Artist's Description

Atlas moth – Attacus atlas


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.

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.
Source: Wikipedia

Featured in Colour and Light on November 29/2010

Artwork Comments

  • jesika
  • Robert Abraham
  • relayer51
  • Ray Clarke
  • Lepidoptera
  • carlosramos
  • Ray Clarke
  • Lepidoptera
  • Gabrielle  Lees
  • MotherNature
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.