Attacus atlas (Atlas moth)

Attacus atlas (Atlas moth)

Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies. With a wingspan measuring between 25-30 cm (9.8-11.8 in), the Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is usually quoted as the largest moth on Earth. It is endemic to the forests of Asia. However, there are two other candidates : the first one is the white witch (Thysania agrippina) with one Brazilian specimen having had a wingspan of almost 30 cm (12 in). The second one is the Hercules moth (Coscinocera hercules). It has a wingspan of 27 cm (11 in), making it the largest moth found in Australia, and its wings have the largest documented surface area (300 square centimeters) of any living insect.

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