The world’s biggest moth was seen resting on one of the mud walls at the resort to the delight of our team and guests. Many more moths have been sighted following the first sightings shown in the following photographs.

Atlas moth (Photo - Vikram Nanjappa)

Atlas moth (Photo – Vikram Nanjappa)

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) can reach a mammoth size of up to 30 cm between wing tips. This moth, due to its size, is often mistaken for a bird during flight. The wings of this moth seem beautifully decorated with different shades of tawny, maroon, white and black, inside a uniquely designed boundary. Adorned with feathery antennae and a flash of colors the moth looks all decked up to catch every single eye on its path.

Atlas moth (Photo - Vikram Nanjappa)

Atlas moth (Photo – Vikram Nanjappa)

The white patches seen on the wings of the Atlas moth has a purpose apart from the aesthetic beauty that it adds to this insect. The pattern in the shape of an eye spot is used to scare away predators.

Atlas moth (Photo - Vikram Nanjappa)

Atlas moth (Photo – Vikram Nanjappa)

Another interesting characteristic in most moths and the Atlas moth is that the females are bigger in size than the males. A closer look into the world of insects, be it a moth or a beetle, never fails to stun us.