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

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  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous moth and fascinating narrative

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 4 years ago

    Terrific image, The mimic snake heads are good to see in your capture. Well done

  • relayer51
    relayer51over 4 years ago

    Fantastic image of this marvellous moth. Really interesting narrative.

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 4 years ago

    Thanks to All for the kind comments, much appreciated!

    Thanks to the Hosts for the Feature, very proud on it!
    Featured in Colour and Light on November 29/2010

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 4 years ago

    Outstanding work,fantastic,details and clarity !

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the visit & kind comments!

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesabout 4 years ago

    Oh Wow, that is just stunning! :)

    Gabe :)

  • MotherNature
    MotherNaturealmost 4 years ago

    These large, beautifully patterned family of moths is one of my favorites; they’re so impressive. What a splendid photo, and the information is terrific. This is flying right into my favorites:>)

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