Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The biggest moth is here..........


An Atlas moth (the biggest moth of the world), or Attacus atlas,  had been sighted at my school compound on 30 March 2008 around 1.40 pm.

I was very amazed to see such creature, that has wings like snake-head shape (no wonder it is sometime called as snake-head moth). Without any delay, I took my digital camera and the result was several photos of this insect.

I then surfed the internet to gain the information about the moth. Below are short briefing about it:-

    - The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical        forests of Southeast Asia, southern China, common across the Malay archipelago, Thailand to        Indonesia.  
    - Atlas moths are considered to be the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface        area (upwards of c. 400 square cm or 65 square inches).    
    - Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 25-30 cm (10-12 inches).   
    - Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-        like wing patterns.
Hashimi, I. (2008). Attacus atlas of Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Jengal. 30 March 1.40 p.m.

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