Giant Atlas Moth

So, this beautiful Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas) is considered the biggest in the world (wingspan over 10 inches). I loved how it has sections (the white-looking diamondy bits) which are actually transparent so you can see the leaves through it.
It is sad though – they live only 1 – 2 weeks and don’t have fully developed mouth parts so they live off fat reserves then die 😦


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    • Well this (not so) little fella was photographed in the Natural History Museum in London in our live ‘butterfly garden’ last summer but having consulted Wikipedia I can tell you that it is found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay archipelago πŸ™‚ Gorgeous creature….

  1. ooo…just last week posted a shot of a beautiful moth too. Maybe half the size – and of course I first thought a butterfly. I noticed your moth has a similar spot on it’s wing where it looks like a chunk is missing? I did not know they had such short life-spans… wow…:( This one is stunning – great capture Tania!

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