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Attacus atlas

Attacus atlas
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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E410, Olympus Zuiko 40-150mm f3.5-5.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-08 17:05
Viewed: 2915
Points: 6
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Attacus atlas / Papillon cobra

Image prise pendant l'exposition "Papillons en liberté" dans le jardin botanique de Montreal.

Originaire d'Inde, c'est l'un des plus grands papillons nocturnes du monde. Il mesure entre 20 et 30 cm. Ses ailes larges et musclées sont de couleur rouge, marron, brune, avec des nuances plus claires jaunes, blanches et orange, composées de deux « fenêtres » translucides et triangulaires sur chaque paires d'ailes. De plus, l'extrémité des ailes fait penser à un serpent, ce qui lui a valu aussi le nom de papillon cobra.
La femelle, plus verdâtre et plus claire que le mâle, porte comme lui deux antennes pectinées, mais plus étroites. Il ne s'alimente pas car son appareil buccal est atrophié, il ne vit donc que pour se reproduire.
Les mâles vivent environ 4 jours et les femelles 7 à 8 jours.

Picture taken during the exhibition "Butterflies Go Free" in the Montreal Botanical Garden.

The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay archipelago.
Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area [upwards of c. 400 cm2 (62 sq in)]. Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 25–30 cm (10–12 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier.
Neither sex possess fully formed mouthparts and therefore do not feed; throughout their 1–2-week adult life they survive entirely on larval fat reserves that they build up while they are caterpillars.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-08 17:53]

Hello Sochirca,
An attractive image of this gorgeous moth. The colors and markings in it's wings are awesome. Excellently composed and showing wonderful detail and well saturated colors. Great work!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-08 21:32]

Hi Dan.
You have met and pictured an amazing moth. Your collage gives an excellent idea of the species. Its shapes and colouration are wonderful as well as presentation at whole. I like skill use of flash light, levels of sharpness and beautifulness of colours. My compliments and TFS.

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-10 17:00]

Hi Sochirca
What a beauty. A marvelous shot with neat details and good capture of the pattern of the wings. The color is rich with different tones.

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