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Interesting Facts About the Atlas Moth: The Largest Moth in the World
Those brown-colored pesky insects who bug you all the time - moths are tiny insects who are actually harmless. Among the moths, the largest is the Atlas Moth, or Attacus atlas.
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2017
There is a reason why this moth is known as the largest moth in the world. 62 sq. inches! - that's the surface area of the Atlas Moth. The wingspan of a female can go up to 12 inches long.
The lifespan of a caterpillar is 1 month, and after it develops into an adult moth, it survives only for a week or two.
The Attacus is found only in Southeast Asia.
This beautiful creature has a brain too! The tip of its wings bears resemblance to the head of the cobra snake. When in fear of an attack, it falls to the ground and flaps its wings in a movement resembling that of the snake's head and neck.
After developing into an adult, the Atlas Moth doesn't eat throughout its life, and extracts energy from whatever it had consumed during the caterpillar phase.
An adult Atlas moth doesn't have a mouth; which explains why it doesn't eat anything during its life.
The female Atlas moth is always bigger than the male, and doesn't have feathery antennae like them.
Atlas Worldwide - Because its wings have patterns similar to that of a map. Attacus atlas in China - Because the wings have a snake-like resemblance. Atlas in Greek - Because of the Titan condemned by Zues.
This wonderful being has bagged an award too. The Attacus atlas was presented with an award by the Pacific Science Center for its wing area - hence widely recognized for its size.
The Attacus has something to offer you. The cocoon of the moth is used to make purses in Taiwan. In India, it is used to make a particular silk known as Fagara silk.