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

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:icon8bitstitchpunk:
8BitStitchPunk Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Even though I'm terrified of moths, I find this one beautiful...:love:
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fayerman Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Thank you!
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:icon8bitstitchpunk:
8BitStitchPunk Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome =)
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8BitStitchPunk Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Holy shit, triple comment! Sorry!^^;
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Chris-Tedlock Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Stunning image!!
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flaming-tubesock Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Shame that they only live for about a week. Crazy nature...
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:iconfayerman:
fayerman Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Ay ay ay... so true.
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SunOwl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Another bizarre creature. Great shot.

I'm guessing as to the purpose of the 'transparent windows' but perhaps they're meant more as 'light reflectors' (as a mirror might). Something to confuse and frighten would-be predators. Perhaps meant to represent a flash of eyes or something similar.
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:iconfayerman:
fayerman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
That's a good point! Although it doesn't really reflect any light. It's more like a clear window sealed by thin scotch tape. :)
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osagelady Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow again, another fantastic capture. I love these and you sure are right, those wings do look like the heads of a snake. :+fav:
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fayerman Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006
They also remind me of parrots :)
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:iconosagelady:
osagelady Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe...that's kinda true, they do look a bit like parrots ;)
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:iconfayerman:
fayerman Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
The "snake heads" is just a theory. So, it could be some scary looking parrots flying around.
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flydragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
I've got one of those in my gallery too. =) Awesome.
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:iconfayerman:
fayerman Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
You sure? :) I think you've got a different one. :)
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Krapmaster Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
that is shockingly cool.
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:iconfayerman:
fayerman Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
It's the size of your head, my friend. No kidding.
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:iconkrapmaster:
Krapmaster Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
that either says something profound about the moth, or maybe my head itself.......... that's crazy
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:iconfayerman:
fayerman Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
I assume your genious head is at least 10 by 20 centimeters. :) :lol:
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Royal-Sovereign Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
Yes -- the Atlas Moth.

By far, one of my favourites...
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Lily-Anne Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
i love this huge moths....is wish i coud see one in nature...:)
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:iconfayerman:
fayerman Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006
:) Pretty cool, huh?
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coffeemongol Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
thats the most amazing moth ive ever seen
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