10 September 2013

Male Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) Emerging From Pupa

Date: August 31, 2013
Camera: Canon IXY DIGITAL 510 IS
Location: Jonggol, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

Atlas moth (Attacus atlas ) emerging from pupa
Male atlas moth (Attacus atlas) emerging from pupa. Its wingspan is about 20 cm.

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.

Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area, reaching upwards of about 400 cm2 (62 sq in). Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, reaching over 25 cm (10 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier.

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