10 Atlas Moth

Moths often get a bad rap thanks to horror films and that doesn’t present a great case for the largest one known to scientists. The atlas moth, also known as the Attacus atlas, ranks as the globe’s largest moth when measured according to the surface area covered by its wings. It isn’t the largest creature in terms of wingspan – the white witch moth has a record wingspan of 11 inches – but since it measures 9.8 to 11.8 inches from the tip of one wing to another, it’s definitely one of the biggest that can be found in the wild.

One of the major reasons their numbers are practically unknown is because the atlas moth only lives about two weeks as an adult moth. Adults don’t have fully developed mouths so they cannot eat, and during their adulthood, they’re destined to avoid predators, mate, and lay eggs to ensure there will be another generation that follows their footsteps.

They are indigenous to southern China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, and the number one tool they have at their disposal to avoid predators in those areas is their colourful wings. In fact, the wingtips on most males are thought by some to resemble the heads of snakes which is proven to be a beneficial defense mechanism in tropical and sub-tropical forests.

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