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Atlas moth

Price: 4000.00 RUB 4000.00 RUB
  • Butterfly data
  • Habitat: Southeast Asia
  • Wingspan: about 17 cm.
  • Lifespan: about 7 days
  • Complexity of the content: Simple
  • Feeding: does not eat

Attacus atlas, the Atlas moth, is a large saturniid moth.

Immediately, we note the peculiarity of the peacock-eyed moths, they do not eat at all, because do not have a proboscis, they do not need it, a large caterpillar before pupating (turning into a pupa) fed on a large amount of stocks and transferred them to the butterfly, therefore Peacock eyes have large belly. Until the butterfly uses it up - she lives.

In the absence of the need to feed Atacus Atlas, you can not think about her diet. The Peacock-Eye Atlas is one of the largest butterflies by the criterion of wingspan and challenges this title with the Scoop Agrippina from the South. America. (other criteria - according to the largest area of ​​the wings or the longest wings). But butterflies farmed in captivity are not achieved enormously and lose to wild specimens.

The atlas is a moth, it is active at night, in the absence of light in the room. In the daytime, the butterfly sits in one place and the whole day until dusk and night come. Males are more active and at nightfall they become more active and begin to search for a female by smell due to their huge whiskers, which capture the smell emanating from the female for many kilometers. In the daytime, a disturbed Atlas butterfly can begin to fly erratically and beat objects, until it calms down and sits down somewhere, you need to take it gently and slowly in your hands, substituting a hand or finger under its legs.

In India, this species is cultivated. Caterpillars secrete silk, different from that of the silkworm (Bombyx mori). Silk, distinguished by the caterpillar of the peacock-eye satin, brown, strong and woolly, is called Fagar silk. In Taiwan, empty huge peacock cocoons use satin as a wallet.

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