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Atlas Moth

By FeatherFriend
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.

Tags: Wildlife Devon Close-up and macro Butterfly farm Atlas moth

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Comments


Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 4:06PM
agree that is one big moth!!
and so well captured Geoff.
brilliant shot

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Trev_B 9 151 68 England
27 Aug 2014 4:12PM
Wow thats a big mothÖ you would not want that eating through your curtainsWink

Superb detail Geoff.

Trev
27 Aug 2014 4:13PM
More of a snakes head looking moth...........lovely image of this giant............GrinGrinGrin
tonyguitar 4 55 32 Canada
27 Aug 2014 4:22PM
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
27 Aug 2014 4:27PM
A beauty Geoff,
Fred.
Stunning image,beautiful detail.

Bob.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
27 Aug 2014 4:46PM
A stunning image, Geoff, but how sad that it only has a lifespan of one week Sad Carol
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
27 Aug 2014 5:00PM
Thanks all and a special thank you to CarolG for the UA, really appreciated,
Geoff.
27 Aug 2014 5:01PM
gosh .... incredible
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
27 Aug 2014 7:09PM
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 Plus
9 91 223 England
27 Aug 2014 7:35PM
Certainly capture the details and marking well here Geoff.
Regards Richard
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
27 Aug 2014 7:37PM
Amazing and has detail to match.
Joan
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 326 England
27 Aug 2014 8:06PM
A pity you can't appreciate the size of this from the image, even at 1000 px Smile
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
27 Aug 2014 8:17PM
Monster mothSmile - it's a beauty Geoff.
Brian.
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2014 8:19PM
One word

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

Adrian
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
27 Aug 2014 8:37PM
GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
27 Aug 2014 10:12PM
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.
27 Aug 2014 10:23PM

Quote:One word

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

Adrian



I second that,
Alan
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
27 Aug 2014 10:27PM
So very envious of this capture! KUDOS!
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
28 Aug 2014 12:45PM
Thanks all,
Geoff.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
28 Aug 2014 2:34PM
Fantastic image Geoff. Wonderful moth.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
28 Aug 2014 6:34PM
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
29 Aug 2014 9:50PM
Exquisite!
Johanna
JohnoP 11 2
31 Aug 2014 6:09PM
Quite incredible Geoff! Thanks for sharing this sublime image! Smile John

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