Atlas Moth

Photograph by:
Charles T. and John R. Bryson,

Latin name:

Attacus atlas

Native to:

Southeast Asia

Plant Association:

Caterpillars feast on a variety of plants including Citrus and Salix species. Adult moths do not have functioning mouthparts and so do not feed at all.

Interesting Fact:

Though not the largest Lepidoptera in the world (that award goes to the white witch moth {Thysania agrippina}), the Atlas moth comes in second with a recorded wingspan of 262 millimeters.