Friday, March 13, 2009

Do you know The Largest Moth in the World??

The Hercules Emperor Moth (Coscinocera hercules) of northern Australia and New Guinea is one of the largest moths in the world with females of the species capable of reaching a wing span of 10.5 inches. Great Owlet Moths (Thysania agripinna) of South America have females with a wingspan that measures up to 12 inches. Owlet Moths, or Noctuids (Noctuidae), are part of a gigantic family of moths with some specimens on record with an amazing 18 inch wing span. The Giant Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), one of the largest silk moths, can be mistaken for a medium-sized bat when flying. Atlas moths has the largest wing surface area of all moths and
the markings on the moth's front wingtips resemble a snake's head and may scare away predators.


Nina Liakos said...

I just discovered your new posts on this blog, which I hadn't checked in a long time. I like the picture of the giant moth. I've occasionally seen large moths around here--most recently a stranded Royal Walnut moth that wandered into my recycling box and laid her eggs there (maybe she got confused because it was green? She may have thought it was an extremely large leaf.). When I was a child, I collected butterflies and moths (chloroforming them and saving them in display cases)--but now I just prefer to watch them and appreciate their beauty.

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