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The Atlas Moth has the largest wing surface area of all moths.
It is so named because its wing patterns resemble maps. The Atlas Moth’s wings have triangular transparent “windows” whose purpose we don’t know. The wing tips are hooked and some say resemble a snake’s head complete with eye, to scare off predators.

Nikon D80 – Sigma 105 DG Macro lens at f/4

Featured in the #1 Artists of Redbubble group JULY 2009.
Featured in the Top Drawer Wildlife & Nature Art group JULY 2009.
Featured in the Closeups in Nature group JUNE 2011.

I originate from Lancashire but now I am based in Blaenavon, South Wales. I am an Aerospace technician and amateur photographer which takes me all over the UK.

Steve Liptrot Photography

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  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 5 years ago

    Wow – didn’t realize some moth’s could be so beautiful – wonderful wingspan.

  • I think its wingspan was around 20cms! Thank you

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 5 years ago

    great capture

  • Thank you

    – Steve Liptrot

  • TallGuy
    TallGuyover 5 years ago

    Great photography Steve.. cracking shot :-)

  • Its a scary looking thing close-up! Thanks Alan

    – Steve Liptrot

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 5 years ago

    Great capture. I didn’t know that stuff about the moth. Great learning.

  • Thank you very much JR

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 5 years ago

    This is a work of art, what a beauty!! – stunning work Steve!!

  • Thanks Kate. I couldn’t believe the size of its wings!

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Dusker
    Duskerover 5 years ago

    Just beautiful. What would the “wing span” be?

  • The wingspan is about 20cms! Thank you

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Lilbits
    Lilbitsover 5 years ago

  • Thanks for featuring my work, appreciated

    – Steve Liptrot

  • scoob29
    scoob29over 5 years ago

    Wow Steve great shot,!

  • Thanks Susan, appreciated

    – Steve Liptrot

  • StaceyH
    StaceyHover 5 years ago

    Magnificent image, captured perfectly

  • Thanks Stacey

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    What a great find and a superb shot Steve x

  • Thanks Irene. Great place to visit the butterfly house at Lancaster when the weathers grim.

    – Steve Liptrot

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