The Atlas Moth – a beauty in the garden

The Atlas Moth – a beauty in the garden

Despite living in Thailand full-time since early 2009, and part-time for several years before that, I never tire of the place. Especially not Chiang Mai, the delightful, historic city in northern Thailand that I have made my home.

At 6.30am this morning I was out biking the lower hills of the Doi Suthep National Park (past Ratchapruek Park and back along the Samoeng Road for those who know the area), and the white misty mountain clouds were floating over Wat Doi Kham. Absolutely enchanting and timeless.

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Then back home, while devouring my much-anticipated breakfast of ham and eggs, my wife calls me to the garden – “and bring your camera!” she says.

It was worth interrupting my breakfast to capture these pictures.

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An amazing Atlas Moth (also known as the Snake’s Head Moth) had fluttered into our garden overnight. And there it was, this majestic creature, peacefully soaking up the early morning sun while resting on the branch of a palm tree.

Money cannot buy these moments.

Some Interesting Facts about the Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas)

  1. Largest moth in the world (the one in my garden had at least 10 inches wingspan – a female).
  2. ‘Snake Head’ refers to the wing tips which look like a snake’s head.
  3. They have no mouths – survive on the fat in their body.
  4. Life span of no more than two weeks.
  5. The Atlas Moth produces silk
  6. They mate then die (such is life).

 

 

 

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