Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), caterpillar and newly emerged adult male
(Images taken thirteen weeks apart)
The Atlas Moth or Giant Silkworm Moth is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay archipelago.
Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area. (Wingspan (as pictured) 21cm)
This is the second of my captive raised Atlas Moths to emerge. The first was a female (see her here).
See caterpillar here and here.
Male Atlas moths are distinguished from females by their smaller size, more tapered wings, and larger, bushier antennae.
Neither sex possess fully formed mouthparts and therefore do not feed; throughout their one- to two-week adult life they survive entirely on larval fat reserves that they build up while they are caterpillars.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..