Caterpillar Attacus Atlas

Jo Nijenhuis

Hoorn, Netherlands

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Canon EOS 50D, 1/60 sec, F/5.6, ISO-400
Location: Butterfly Valley Luttelgeest, Netherlands, Europe.
As Is on January 10/2014

Caterpillar Attacus Atlas
Atlas moths – Attacus Atlas are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area, reaching upwards of c. 400 cm2 (62 sq in). Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, reaching over 25 cm (10 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier.
Once mated, the female lays a number of spherical eggs 2.5 mm in diameter on the undersides of leaves. Dusty-green caterpillars hatch after about two weeks and feed voraciously on the foliage of certain citrus and other evergreen trees. The caterpillars are adorned with fleshy spines along their backs which are covered in a waxy white substance. After reaching a length of about 115 millimetres (4.5 in), the caterpillars pupate within papery cocoon interwoven into desiccated leaves. The adult moths emerge after about four weeks.


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