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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s an Atlas Moth

By Stacey Pakula
The Atlas Moth is the largest moth in the world growing up to 12 inches (30cm) in length! The Atlas Moth is generally maroon in color with white triangular “eye” shaped marks on the wings to help keep predators away!

The female Atlas Moth releases powerful pheromones into the air which the males can detect from several kilometers away with their giant feathery antennae. This moth lays her eggs underneath the leaves of only a select few citrus trees and other evergreens that can be found all over Thailand. The Atlas Moth eggs take about two weeks to hatch and it takes them about four weeks to emerge into the Atlas Moth after it has wrapped itself up nice and snug inside its cocoon!

Fun Facts:
The Cocoons of the Atlas Moth larvae are sold as purses non-commercially in Taiwan!
Atlas Moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek Mythology, or their map-like wing patters!
The Atlas Moth is also known as the Snake Head Moth because the tips of its wings look like the head of a snake!
The Atlas Moth does not possess fully formed mouthparts and throughout their full adult life, do not feed; they survive entirely on larval fat reserves that they build up while they are caterpillars! (Photo by Zyada, commons media).

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s an Atlas Moth