Attacus Atlas Picture

This gorgeous moth is an Atlas Moth, found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, southern China, common across the Malay archipelago to Indonesia. I took this photo at The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This particular moth was the size of a dinner plate, about 12" (30 cm) across! I almost passed it by on the branch; it didn't look real to my brain.
Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as "snake's head moth", referring to apical extension of the forewing, which bears a passing resemblance to a snake's head. If you look at the upper wing tips here, you will totally see that.

Believe it or not, they secret a brown, wool-like silk and their cocoons are sometimes used as purses! You can learn more about them here - as I did to complete this entry - Wikipedia: [link]

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