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Moth (Atlas)

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Moth (Atlas)

Range

They are found in Southeast Asia.

Habitat

They live in tropical, lowland and upper mountain forests.

Body Traits

They are orangey-brown colored with greenish edges. Their front wings end in a little hook that scientists think looks like the head of a snake to scare off predators. Their name came from the spots on their wings that make them look a bit like a map. The Atlas Moth is one of the largest moths in the world with wings up to 12 inches wide. They are strong flyers. They have feathery antennae.

Habits

They are active at night (nocturnal).

Diet

Adults live for only about 2 weeks. They do not eat at all, just mate and lay eggs and die. They do not even have a mouth in their adult form. Their caterpillars eat many trees including: citrus, avocado, guava, willow, etc.

Reproduction

Females lay eggs on the underside of a leaf. They hatch in 1-2 weeks and start eating.

Moth (Atlas)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class:     Insecta
Order:     Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Genus:     Attacus
Species: A. atlas

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