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Many thanks for the comments on my previous upload, really appreciate the support.

I really thought this was a cardboard cut out intended for display when I first saw it. At first glance it looks too big to be real but it is and what a superb specimen to see. Some say the snakes like head on the wing tips is there to ward off predators, sadly the adult moths typically die within a week or two of spreading their wings.

ITíS THE LARGEST MOTH IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF WING SURFACE AREA.
The wingspan of a female Atlas Moth can reach up to 12 inches with a surface area of 62 square inches. Go ahead and hold up a ruler Ö thatís one big bug.

Thanks for looking,
Geoff.

Camera:Nikon D4 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 105mm, f/2.8,Micro, VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Aperture:f/8
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:2000
Flash:No Flash
Title:Atlas Moth
Username:FeatherFriend FeatherFriend
Uploaded:27 Aug 2014 - 3:50 PM
Tags:Atlas moth, Butterfly farm, Close-up / macro, Devon, Wildlife
Votes:Voting Disabled

Comments

Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 4:06 PM

agree that is one big moth!!
and so well captured Geoff.
brilliant shot

Trev_B
Trev_B Plus Member 8142 forum postsTrev_B vcard England68 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 4:12 PM

Wow thats a big mothÖ you would not want that eating through your curtainsWink

Superb detail Geoff.

Trev

NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven Plus Member 3276 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 4:13 PM

More of a snakes head looking moth...........lovely image of this giant............GrinGrinGrin

tonyguitar
27 Aug 2014 - 4:22 PM

Thanks to ePZ and alert photogs there have been a number of first sightings here. I feel very fortunate to see images of these new things. This big moth is a prime example and the quality is so pleasing as well. TG

Badgerfred
Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
27 Aug 2014 - 4:27 PM

A beauty Geoff,
Fred.

bobpaige1
bobpaige1 Plus Member 1bobpaige1 vcard
27 Aug 2014 - 4:27 PM

Stunning image,beautiful detail.

Bob.

CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 4:46 PM

A stunning image, Geoff, but how sad that it only has a lifespan of one week Sad Carol

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend Plus Member 738 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 5:00 PM

Thanks all and a special thank you to CarolG for the UA, really appreciated,
Geoff.

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 5:01 PM

gosh .... incredible

gary_d
gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 7:09 PM

I got a shot of one of these at Bristol zoo a couple of years back, I did not believe it was real at first, this is a great shot Geoff. - Gary

Richsr
Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 7:35 PM

Certainly capture the details and marking well here Geoff.
Regards Richard

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 7:37 PM

Amazing and has detail to match.
Joan

dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 111582 forum postsdark_lord vcard England186 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 8:06 PM

A pity you can't appreciate the size of this from the image, even at 1000 px Smile

bricurtis
bricurtis Plus Member 91975 forum postsbricurtis vcard England49 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 8:17 PM

Monster mothSmile - it's a beauty Geoff.
Brian.

tomcat
tomcat Plus Member 96344 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 8:19 PM

One word

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Adrian

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman Plus Member 124521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 8:37 PM

GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5148 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 10:12 PM

I don't recall ever having seen this spectacular moth before.
The markings and patterns on the wings are quite spectacular, and you haver captured all that intricacy in immaculate detail.
R.

Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley Plus Member 13338 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 10:23 PM


Quote: One word

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Adrian

I second that,
Alan

taggart
taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2014 - 10:27 PM

So very envious of this capture! KUDOS!

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend Plus Member 738 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2014 - 12:45 PM

Thanks all,
Geoff.

Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2014 - 2:34 PM

Fantastic image Geoff. Wonderful moth.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

Glostopcat
Glostopcat Plus Member 9250 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2014 - 6:34 PM

A fantastic close up of this enormous moth, I knew from the thumbnail that you did not catch this one in Ade Osmant's moth traps!Wink

brownsilent
brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2014 - 9:50 PM

Exquisite!
Johanna

JohnoP
JohnoP  9
31 Aug 2014 - 6:09 PM

Quite incredible Geoff! Thanks for sharing this sublime image! Smile John

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