A moth is not an animal we’d like to see at home, particularly in our closet, or even in the backyard. However, the moth family is one of the most diverse in the world, with over 150,000 species around the world. Each species possesses traits and complexities, some of which can rival any butterfly while others have incredible defense mechanisms you wouldn’t expect to find in such creatures. After reading this article, you just might change your views on moths.
1. Attacus Atlas
These gigantic moths can be found in Southern Asia. It is considered to be one of the largest moths in the world – hence its name the “Atlas Moth”. They can reach a size of 10-12 inches (25-30cm).
2. Actias Lun
This moth employs a defense mechanism similar to butterflies, which simulates “eyes” on its wings, meant to deter predators. Its long “tail” is used to confuse the moth’s main predator – the bat.
3. Acraga Coa
This tropical moth can be found in Central America and is nicknamed the “Jewel Moth”. These moths go through an amazing transformation from a translucent caterpillar, covered in a sticky chemical for protection, into the beautiful plumage-covered creature you see above.
4. Acharia Ophelians
These caterpillars are a bright green, with a turquoise-colored head. The above photo shows them resting on a leaf.
5. Argema Mimosa
Also known as the “African Moon Moth”, it is one of the world’s largest silk moths. This species does not have a mouth, and its short lifespan is spent mating.