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Atlas Moth or Giant Silkworm Moth (Attacus atlas, Saturniidae)

Male Atlas moths are distinguished from females by their smaller size, more tapered wings, and larger, bushier antennae.

MALE on the left. FEMALE on the right.

In Hong Kong, the Cantonese name of the Atlas Moth translates as “snake’s head moth”, referring to the apical extension of the forewing, which bears a passing resemblance to a snake’s head. If this is in fact the intention, it would be as defensive strategy in conjunction with the four translucent “eyes” on the wings.

Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..

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