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BUTTERFLIES

Atlas Moth

Attacus atlas

ON EXHIBIT:  The Butterfly Garden in Ocean Journey

Atlas Moth

FUN FACTS
Atlas moths are the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area. It is so named because its wing patterns resemble maps. The wing tips are hooked and some say resemble a snake's head complete with eye, to scare off predators. Females do not need to mate to reproduce. If the female lays unfertilized eggs they will produce only male moths. 



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About This Animal

SIZE: 9 ½ -11 ½ inches

RANGE: Southeast Asia

HABITAT: Lowland to upper mountain forest

DIET:  Adults do not eat. They live off body fat.


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