Jul 13th, 2015

Atlas moth (Attacus atlas)

Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) resting with his wings open. His body is stockier and hairier than a butterfly's and he has feathered antennas.

The stockier, hairier body of the Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a key difference between moths and butterflies. His antenna are also feathered rather than clubbed.

Hilaire Ashworth is an Assistant Butterfly Curator in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Here are a few more facts about her: Q: If you were a butterfly, which one would you be? A: Bat Wing (Atrophaneura semperi)! I love the vibrant red against the black and white wings. Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: I spend most of my spare time with my adopted street cat and organic gardening. However, I love rock climbing, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as I possibly can.

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