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Interesting Facts About the Atlas Moth: The Largest Moth in the World

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.
Meghna Tongiya
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2017
Species of the moth
Size of the moth
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.
Life cycle of the moth
The lifespan of a caterpillar is 1 month, and after it develops into an adult moth, it survives only for a week or two.
Habitat of Atlas Moth
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.
Eating habits
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.
Mouth of the Atlas Moth
An adult Atlas moth doesn't have a mouth; which explains why it doesn't eat anything during its life.
Comparison of the male and the female Atlas Moth
The female Atlas moth is always bigger than the male, and doesn't have feathery antennae like them.
Name of the Atlas Moth
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.
Award for the Atlas Moth
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.
Utility of the cocoon
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.