I photographed this Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas) at the Cockrell Butterfly Center of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. According to a museum guide, this was a rare sighting as the Atlas is nocturnal and seldom appears during midday hours. She said just about the only time she’d seen them was at opening in the mornings when some of these exquisite creatures are lying dead on the pathways. What a blessing to be able to see and photograph the Atlas in all its living glory! The Atlas Moth has the largest wing surface of all the moths and is called atlas because of the resemblance to maps in its wing patterning. If it were up to me, though, I’d call it a Totem Moth because its wings remind me of images you’d see on Native American Indian totem poles.


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  • JulieMahony
    JulieMahonyabout 6 years ago
    Wow Bonnie, this an awesome looking moth. Fantastic close up, well captured {{{Hugs}}}
  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 6 years ago

    Very beautiful capture!

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937about 6 years ago

    Bonnie………..this capture of the Atlas Moth is so beautiful……..!

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 6 years ago

    WOW,…….great close up! What a beautiful specimen!

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerabout 6 years ago

    Yay, glad you found time to go to the exhibit.
    Such a beautiful shot Bonnie… glad you got to see it.

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful creature.

  • LeslieBattjes
    LeslieBattjesabout 6 years ago

    Nice capture of an amazing moth…so beautiful! :)

  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chappleabout 6 years ago

    That is amazing, what luck and what a great shot!

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusabout 6 years ago

    Stunning work Bonnie; exquisite fine detail, color…you are an amazing photographer!

  • Charles Dobbs Photography
    Charles Dobbs ...about 6 years ago


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