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The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is common across the Malay archipelago to Indonesia.
Atlas moths are considered to be the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area (upwards of c. 400 square cm or 65 square inches). Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 25-30 cm (10-12 inches). Females are appreciably larger and heavier. (The largest lepidopteran in terms of wingspan is thought to be the owlet moth Thysania agrippina.) Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns.

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http://www.redorbit.com/education/reference_library/science_1/insecta/2576278/atlas_moth/

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Thank you for the information. Great picture!

laurajane

I wouldn't want these guys in my wollens.

gnt1041

Great post Cel and great photo .....thanks for all the information about this moth :)))))

CelesteH

Thanks Gracie
Thank you Carroll
:)

jcarroll

Thanks, Cel!

Graciela

This is so beautiful Celeste! thanks