© 2005 David Bygott
Habitat: Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay archipelago
Status: No Conservation Concerns
This stunning creature is the Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), the largest moth in the world in terms of wing surface area. Their wingspan can reach up to ONE FOOT in length! They’re said to be named after either the Titan of Greek Mythology which holds up the Earth, or because of its map-like patterns on the wings. Personally I think it’s because it’s quite otherworldly…
Those in Hong Kong refer to it as the ‘snake’s head moth’ because the wing tips remind them of snakes. I guess I can see it. If I squint. -_-
Check out this ginormous beast below!