Friday, February 20, 2009

Camera Critters - The Atlas Moth

Camera Critters is another wonderful meme hosted by Misty Dawn. You can find other critter photos by clicking on the icon above. Thank you Misty.

I found this photo while looking for another and for some reason I immediately connected with it, like a moth to the flame – sorry about that but I couldn’t resist. My photo isn't the sharpest. I had to crop it and the smaller one looks better than the larger version.

I had to look up the following information because I had long forgotten its name, knew it was some kind of gigantic moth but that’s about it. To those of you who don't know, this lovely creature is called an Atlas Moth. It gets its name because its wing patterns resemble maps. The wing tips are hooked and some say resemble a snake’s head complete with the eye, to scare off predators.

Atlas Moths are found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, southern China, are common across the Malay archipelago, Thailand to Indonesia. I didn’t find mine anywhere that exotic, I only wish. It was in one of the butterfly gardens I have visited over the years. My photo is at least five years old.

In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk in a non-commercial capacity. Unlike that produced by the related Silkworm moth, that of the Atlas moth is secreted as broken strands. This brown, wool-like silk is thought to have greater durability and is known as fagara. Their cocoons have been uses as purses in Taiwan.

46 comments:

papercages said...

It is beautiful and I can certainly see the "snake's head". I haven't seen a moth in years (other than yours). Maybe because I spend most of my time in front of my computer. ;)

Cloudia said...

Glad you followed your whimsey! Aloha=

Kay said...

What a beautiful moth! You really caught it beautifully!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

It is a beauty - isn't nature wonderful. You were lucky to capture that shot Denise, moths and butterflies always seem to dart off as soon as I get near! A x

guild-rez said...

Great picture of a beautiful moth!
I found a very large moth in the Dominican Republic (Samana). Posted in my guildwood.blogspot.com
blog to share with all of my visitors.
Please take a look.
Thank you for visit and comment.
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SandyCarlson said...

The wings are very interesting. Thanks for explaining the name and the nature of the wings!

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

wow this is interesting, no-one ever took a shot like this, great you showed th mor=th here, Thanks

Happy weekend from JoAnn/Holland

Adrienne in Ohio said...

That is a beautiful moth. I was able to photograph some of those last summer at the butterfly conservatory at Stan Hywet Hall. The markings are so striking! Great capture!

Heart of Rachel said...

It's a lovely moth. I've seen similar moths in our area before. I haven't posted my CC entry yet. I'll be posting mine tom.

Craig Glenn said...

Great photo. That is a very interesting moth!

Craig

T said...

Very interesting. Beautiful month, and great photo!

Gattina said...

Very strange moth, looks almost like a butterfly !

the daily said...

gorgeous...butterfly isn't it?

My entry for CC this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

Carla said...

how beautiful!

Carolina said...

That's a beautiful moth!

Tina said...

you know im so strange! my eyes diverted me to the ends of the wings first and i thought it was a snakes head lol

thanks for asking how i am. still no better :( got doctors on monday so hopefully he can help

Rose said...

Its sure a beauty! I love moths...

Snap said...

Beautiful! And thanks for the info, too!

Margaret Cloud said...

Denise, this is so fascinating, and what a beautiful moth, thanks for sharing, have a great weekend.

kden said...

Moths usually don't get enough credit for their beauty. You've shown that they really can stand up to a butterfly.

Tammy said...

That's a pretty cool looking moth!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful moth. Thanks for the information also.

Janie said...

Interesting information on the Atlas moth, and a great photo!

Regina Marie said...

The moth looks nearly like a butterfly..thanks for the history on it-very interesting.

Dianne said...

the moths around here would be jealous of this beauty

Patty said...

It certainly does look like a side view of a snake. That's amazing. Hope your having a great week-en d.

Tink *~*~* said...

Wow, the wings DO look like snake heads. Very cool critter capture!

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Grammy said...

That is a beautiful moth. The are amazing how many sizes and shapes they come in. Have a great week.

Eve said...

That sure is a beautiful critter Denise!

kathleen dale said...

Isn't the amazement of God's creatures overwhelming. Look at the perfect symmetry in the markings on this beautiful butterfly. Great photo.

Misty Dawn said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I want to go to a butterfly conservatory really bad!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Such a pretty moth! And great information too.

Rhea said...

What a beautiful moth! I love all the information you shared about it. How cool would it be to have a moth cacoon purse?! And I agree that their wing tips look like snakes. very beautiful

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful post Denise! a big kiss in your kind heart! your friend Léia":-))

Babooshka said...

It's aterrific image. Moths are so underrated compared to butterflies but they are eqaully as beautiful.

I don't know if you were familiar with Leek at all when you were in the midlands but there is now a daily blog from that area.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

By any measure, that's a big moth. And yes, we know the adage about the moth and light, but they are only the ones we see: maybe there's a subclass of moths that like the dark just as much.

Babooshka said...

Denise here's the link to copy and patse. I can't get the hang of a link with new laptop.

http://leekdailyphoto.blogspot.com/

Diane C. said...

Very interesting looking moth, I've never seen anything like it. To me, the wing tips look like bird heads rather than snake heads. Nice photo!

magiceye said...

this is a gorgeous capture!

Ilene said...

Just beautiful!

Tricia said...

I thought I had seen one of these moths where I work, but I guess I was wrong if they're only in the Far East! But, as your page was loading, I actually thought the tip of the wing was a snake the way it looked! hehehe

Very nice photo & very interesting post!

antigoni said...

When we were living to Florida, we visited the Butterfly World. Perfect place. We saw thousands of butterflies but yours is perfect.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Beautiful Critter!! Thanks for the info on this moth! Have a great day

Sherrie

Denise said...

Hello Everyone, thank you for all your lovely comments. I hope I have by now returned the favor and visited all your blogs but please forgive me if I haven't. I tried!
Have a great week ahead.

Carletta said...

Hi Denise,
Sorry I'm just now getting around to your post.
This is a fascinating photo - a little eerie though.

I thank you for your visit to mine. :)

floreta said...

love the patterning on the wings! great choice of picture.