It was just four of us: Padma, Ramaswamy, Srini and I… who decided to go to
Gandhiji said India lives in her villages, but today, on the anniversary of his birth, we decided that she also lives in the variety of life forms that she has!
We have a huge variety of moths in the world, but one of the most spectacular is the
The Atlas Moth, which is found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is common across the Malay archipelago.
The Atlas moth was held to be the largest moth in the world, before the
Hercules Moth relegated it to second place. However, it still remains one of the most spectacular moths one can see!
We were very lucky to see two of these moths on a nature walk at Turahalli State Forest, on 120817.
These Saturniid moths have wingspans reaching over 25 cm (9.8 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier than the males.
Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as “snake’s head moth”, referring to the apical extension of the forewing, which bears a more than passing resemblance to a snake’s head.
Here are the beautiful, feathery antennae of the moth: