Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas), Sumatra Indonesia

Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This atlas moth is from the family of Saturniidae under genus of Attacus. The species name is Attacus atlas (Linnaeus, 1758). The atlas moth is considered to be the largest moth in the world.

The upper side of the wings have tawny background color.  It has roughly triangular, diaphanous "eyes" on both forewing and hindwing, bordered in black. The head, thorax and abdomen is hairy in tawny color. A narrow white band exsisted at the joint of thorax and abdoment. It has orange bipectinate antennae. The under side of wings has brown color backround with the same pattern as its upper side. 
Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area. The atlas moth in this post has the wingspan about 230mm while its body has only about 50mm long.

Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths
No Taxon : Moths
Superfamily : Bombycoidea
Family : Saturniidae - Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths
Subfamily : Saturniinae - Silkmoths
Tribe : Attacini
Genus : Attacus
Species : A. atlas
Binomial name : Attacus atlas (Linnaeus, 1758)


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