Saturday, January 9, 2010

Atlas moth

This is reputed to be the largest moth in the world. This moth was hanging on the handle of my shoe cupboard outside my main door long enough for me to take this picture with a film camera. Yes, this close encounter happened several years ago. I found this picture in a box of old photos. I read that in Hong Kong this moth is also known as "snake's head moth" because the tips of the wings resemble a snake's head. The female moths are smaller and have frilly antennae. I am not sure if this particular one was male or female. Nevertheless, I shall always remember this strange and lovely visitor to my house.

1 comment:

darkmatter said...


Beautiful moth you got there!