My Atlas Moth

My Atlas Moth

I’ve found this huge moth on a Palm Tree called the Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas). This is the largest moth in the world. The largest wingspan is 25 centimeters (9.8 in). Mine is 21 centimeters. No insect has larger wings than the Atlas Moth. It lives in forests and grassy areas. It has no mouth parts when fully grown. The caterpillars of the Atlas Moth do eat, and a lot as well! They eat leaves of privet, citrus trees, cinnamon trees and mango trees. The eggs take 10 to 14 days to hatch.The caterpillars will eat for 35 to 45 days. The pupa will develop into butterflies in around 21 days. The butterfly will live for 5 to 7 days. The coolest thing is that on the top left and top right of the wing has a snake head as shown below. moth

Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. The caterpillars will eat for 35 to 45 days. The caterpillars are adorned with fleshy spines along their backs which are covered in a waxy white substance as shown bellow.

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This my Atlas moth the wingspan is 21 cm and it was found in July 19th, 2016

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To pin butterflies go to my insects post.

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