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This Atlas moth is gigantic. The patterns on its wings of orange, black, yellow and white are beautiful. This guy is more than a foot across, think of a few of them flying around your next barbecue.
May 12th, 2012
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Conni, I always try to hit the butterfly conservatories wherever I go. This was the first time I ever saw anything like this. Like I've said before, they're beautiful but I wouldn't want a backyard full of them.
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Beautiful capture, Bob - this moth is an Atticus Atlas, and it is a HUGE moth . . . one of the largest in the world. When I was a kid, we had an extensive collection of butterflies and moths, and we actually sent for a mounted Atticus Atlas to add to our collection (mostly ones we had captured or nurtured from caterpillars). It is a tropical/sub-tropical moth and is probably 2 - 3" larger in wing span than the large North American moths we could find, like Polyphemus and Cecropia moths.
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