Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)


 
Atlas Moth resting on a branch Family: Saturniidae (giant silk moths).
 
Geographic Distribution: Asia. India and Sri Lanka to China, Malaysia and Indonesia.
 
Wingspan: 159-300 mm (6.25-12 in).
 
Larval host plants: Feeds on a wide range of plants including willow (Salix spp.), poplar (Populus spp.), privet (Ligustrum spp.), soursop (Anona spp.), cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.), lime, pomelo and guava (Psidium spp.).
 
Habitats: Tropical forest and lowlands.
 
Identification: Besides being the world's largest moth, these moths are easily recognizable by their wings patterned in various shades of brown. The wing tips of the forewings are hooked, and all four wings contain triangular translucent patches.
 
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Atlas Moth Specimen
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