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Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)

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Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Saturniidae (sa-tur-NEE-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Attacus
Species: atlas

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Positive artcons On Aug 3, 2006, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b) wrote:

The Atlas Moth is considered to be the world's largest moth.
This Atlas moth was mating when this shot was taken. If you look to the lower left you can see part of a wing of the moth it was mating with.
The Key West Florida Butterfly Conservatory is an excellent source of exotic butterflies from around the world. It's an enclosed air conditioned facility with it's own breeding laboratory.

Neutral debnes_dfw_tx On Mar 20, 2008, debnes_dfw_tx from Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a) wrote:

Attacus atlas emerges from the cocoon without any working mouth parts. All the sustainment they require is stored from it's days as a caterpillar. Therefore they live only long enough to reproduce and then they perish which can be anywhere from 2 days to rarely any longer. Their few days is like a hundred human years, so it is a full life even so.
The Atlas Moth Caterpillars reach about 5 inches in length and have a green body with long spines covered with a white sticky powder. They feed on a variety of tree foliage including Willow and Poplar.


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