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Atlas Moth

Atlas Moth
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 28-300XR, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 62mm
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2005-10-20 3:34
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Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)

The Atlas Moth has the largest wing surface area of all moths.

Main features: Large, wings 25-30cm across.

Status in Singapore: Common.

World distribution: Asia and Southeast Asia.

Classification: Family Saturniidae (Silkworm Moths). This family has the largest moths with showiest wings.

It is so named because its wing patterns resemble maps. The Atlas Moth's wings have triangular transparent "windows" whose purpose we don't know. The wing tips are hooked and some say resemble a snake's head complete with eye, to scare off predators.

Breeding: Female Atlas Moths attract males by secreting a pheromone through a gland at the end of the abdomen. The male Atlas Moths has huge long feathery antennae to track down the female by her pheromones. The females are much larger than the males and don't have feathery antennae.

Atlas Moth eggs are laid on the underside of a leaf. They hatch in 8-14 days depending on the temperature. The caterpillars are bluish green with large bumps on them, and covered with a fine white powder.

The caterpillars eat a wide variety of foodplants and may even wander from one to another. Their foodplants include the Jamaican Cherry Tree (Muntingia calabura), soursop, cinnamon, lime, pomelo, rambutan, guava, citrus fruits.

The Atlas Moth's pupae is encased in a silken cocoon. The pupal stage of the Atlas Moth lasts about 4 weeks.

Adult Atlas Moths don't eat at all throughout their adult life which lasts for about two weeks. An adult Atlast Moth doesn't even have a mouth and lives off fat reserves built up when it was a caterpillar. The adults quickly mate, lay eggs, and die shortly thereafter.

Atlas Moths are found only in Southeast Asia. They are common in Singapore, especially in November-January, although they are found throughout the year.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 12:37 p.m.
Date: 23rd April 2005
Weather conditions: Inside Tropical B'fly House
Lens: Tamron 28-300mm XR
Filter: Hoya 62mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/4.5
Focal Length: 84mm
ISO: 100
Flash:Canon Speedlight 580EX
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-20 3:38]

Hello Pam!
Magnificent close up.I'd never seen his kind of moth before.Colors,POV,sharpness and composition are amazing.TFS...:-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-10-20 3:43]

AWESOME photo!
What a wonderful moth!
So colorful!
So beauty!
Perfect details!
Perfect sharpness!
5* photo and favourite!

Wow Pam - a famtatic detailed capture of this butterfly. Excellent composed and with very good POV. Another great note too, very well done.

Hi Pam,
Wonderful capture of this butterfly !
Colors are very good

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-20 4:16]

Woooooow ! This moth is WONDERFUL !!! And the shot too ! Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing this beauty.

Great color and excellent composition. This is a very nice shot. Well done & TFS!
Best regards, Radu

Hello Pam!
Amazing macro.Sharpness,details,POV,lighting,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-20 4:40]

Wow, wow, wow!!! Pam, probably best photo of moth I've ever saw on TN! Incredible creature, excellent details, colours and patterns on its wing. Superb job!

  • Great 
  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-20 4:47]

Bonjour Pam, very nice shot with bright colors and good composition. TFS Didier.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-10-20 5:03]

Hello Pam!
Perfect close up.Sharpness,colors,contrast and composition are excellent.Very well done!Thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-10-20 5:13]

HI Pam, I havn't been around much lately. This is a great shot.
Perfect crisp details.
I love the colours and patterns on the moth.
Great work

  • Great 
  • Joost Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 20] (98)
  • [2005-10-20 5:53]

Hello Pam,

Oh my God, this cannot be real! Is it? Incredible what a insect...
Wonderful, nicely sharp and beautiful colors!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-20 6:00]

Hello Pam,
Excellent macro !
Wonderful colours and a lot of nice details.
I like it ! Very very well done &TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-20 6:26]

Hi Pam,

Excellent photo. This is a very nice specimen. Look at the colors and the shape of the wings ... Marvelous. Sharp details and well exposed. Well done & TFS!


Hello Pam,

This is certainly the most interesting moth I have ever seen, and also one of the loveliest.

You have captured it superbly in this shot, so much color, detail, and I especially like the shape of those wings.

Congratulations, and thank you.

Wow Pam, stunning details and great clarity. What an amazing looking Moth that is. 7/10 Excellent work.

  • Great 
  • Matt Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 15] (47)
  • [2005-10-20 8:13]

Hello Pam! What an amazing moth - i wish these were common in the UK! Great photo and very informative note. Thanks!

Hi Pam,
Excellent capture on this giant moth. The colors are superb, and very sharp detail. Your flash did a great job here.

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-10-20 9:44]

Muito interessante essa mariposa, parabéns pela foto.

This is excellent work Pam. Very good detail, color and light here. Just beautiful.
Thank You.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-20 11:08]

Absolutely stunning, Pam.
Gorgeous colors and fantastic POV. Just amazing.
Great job and TFS. : )

Hello Pam Russell,
Wow! What a colorful picture of Atlas Moth.Very sharp photo.
Thanks!You share a magnificent Moth.
I nevr seen .I also greatful of trek nature.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards ,Devendra

Superb shot Pam!
It's a real beauty and you've captured it perfectly.
I like it very much.

Hello Pam,
A very clourful creature. I once saw a Tiger Moth with huge wings but 'only' different shades of brown. Great caprutre. TFS. Thomas

Fantastic shot Pam! Everything is absolutly perfect about this picture, I really enjoy viewing this one. Paul :)

A stunning image, excellent detail and sharpness, amazing colours - what a beast!
A truly great shot. Thanks for posting.

Hi Pam,
this is marvelous, a masterpeace of nature and you had the big chance to see it and capture it so wonderful with excellent sharpness and colours. No painter in the world could create such a beautiful design, what a shot.
Wow, no more words necessary, just - perfect
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Preciosa (beautiful), impresionante (impresionant):O :O. Me encanta :D. Te felicito (congratulations) ;)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-20 17:27]

Un superbe spécimen, j'ai jamais vue un pareil papillon. Les couleurs et la forme des ailes sont particulieres.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie !!

Wonderful shot Pam,
Good sharp and clear detail. The colours are nice and the exposure is good. Good POV, BG and notes.
Great shot. Thanks for posting, have a great weekend

WONDERFUL capture Pam! This butterfly is so beautiful! Colors, sharpness, DOF and POV are excellent. TFS!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-21 22:04]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Power of evocation in me: strong.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Pam.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-22 6:22]

Pam, how beautiful this moth is.

Excellent and vivid colors; great sharpness and composition. A colorful and detailed capture.


Must be an impressive sight tothis guy flying around at night.
Great shot of a very nice specimen with very nice pattern. Well done and interesting note.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-11-10 4:50]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful beauty and your shot is great.

I missed your moth and must say that the colors of this one is stunning. Was this taken in a natural environment? Very nicely done Pam.

Hello Pam. All is great: moths, photo and comments. Very, very thank.

I always marvel at how, so often, the colors of butterflies and moths reflect the flower and plants they visit. The greens are particularly nice in that respect. The full view of such as beautiful moth is also a marvel. Well done.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-01-24 10:39]


Great details.
Facinating patent.
Nice note.

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