Hercules Moth - Caterpilla  by Paul Davis

The world’s largest moth – and one of the world’s ugliest animals :)

A face (and body) only as mother could love!

Something this ugly can’t be edited – this is how you find this interesting creatures. No manipulation – it’s just the way it is!

Hercules Moths are located in the tropical region of Far North Queensland.

Often called the Atlas moth in error, the Hercules (Cosinocera hercules) is the largest moth species in the world. With a wingspan of roughly 30 cm (one foot), it is a special treat to find one in their rainforest home. The handsome brown wings of both males and females have triangular transparent ‘windows’ and a white triangle edge looks as if it was dusted onto the wings. The males wings have long tapered tails while the females wings lack the tails but they are larger in overall area. The adult female emerges from the chrysalis without mouthparts as her brief life does not include feeding. After she emerges and her wings unfold and dry, she will emit pheromones to attract a male. After mating, she will fly away, lay her eggs and die shortly after.

The caterpillar is equally impressive at 12 cm (almost 5 inches) long and bearing long yellow spikes from each segment of its pudgy, pale green body. A common tree species, the Bleeding Heart (Homalanthus novoguineensis) is the food plant of the Hercules Moth.

*source http://www.wettropics.gov.au/pa/pa_moths.html

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  • WendyJC
    WendyJCabout 6 years ago

    wonderful detailed capture!\.
    thank goodness we all have mothers!

  • haha.. yes, lucky we do have mothers hehe… Thanks so much.. I’ve just looked through your work (brielfly) and WOW! Thanks for the comment… :)

    – Paul Davis

  • neezhom
    neezhomabout 6 years ago

    great details and subject, awesome! :)

  • Thank you neezhom – wonderful comment

    – Paul Davis

  • Cassie Robinson
    Cassie Robinsonabout 6 years ago

    Superb capture, well done.

  • Thank you Cassie – :) lovely comment

    – Paul Davis

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanabout 6 years ago

    Amazing macro – but it sure is ugly:)

  • Thank you hehe… Can’t all be pretty like us aye :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Phemie
    Phemieabout 6 years ago

    I think that it’s pretty. It’s gold and green with a little top-knot thing happening. I like the way it seems to come out of the photo as if its happy to see you.

  • You know what the say about beauty don’t you Phenmie hehe… It is beautiful, I do admit it – and what a wonderful creature to have a round. Thank you for your comments too :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 6 years ago

    Beautifully details and capture!!! I’m sure he is going to make a beautiful moth…how big will he be?

  • They’re HUGE!!! Wing span around 25cm (nearly a foot).

    Noted as having the largest wing area (females) of any moth in the world – we do like to be much bigger than anywhere else haha! Thanks for the lovely comment!

    – Paul Davis

  • Fern Design
    Fern Designabout 6 years ago

    wow what a wonderful close up!! congrats on the feature!!!

  • Thank you for the comment, I was surprised to get the feature and very happy to – glad you liked :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Stefan Seibold
    Stefan Seiboldabout 6 years ago

    That looks very interesting! Well done!

  • Interesting is one way to describe this hehe… thanks for the comment Stefan :)

    – Paul Davis

  • josiem
    josiemabout 6 years ago

    wow! incredible macro!

  • Thank you for the wonderful comment Josiem – I appreciate it :)

    – Paul Davis

  • Joe  Sugg
    Joe Suggabout 6 years ago

    i really like the colour contrast with the bright green and the dark background really effective. :)

  • Thank you very much Joe – I am glad you like that. It’s a beautiful animal to get on film, so I am even happier others enjoy it too :)

    – Paul Davis

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