Moth (Attacus atlas)
They take 4 weeks to emerge from the cocoons. Adults
do not eat at all during their two week life, since
they do not even have a mouth and have to live off
fat that was built up from a caterpillar stage.
These moths have the largest wing surface of all
moths! Not only that these moths are one of the
most beauty full, but they are also very useful
to the Silk market. From their cocoons a very durable
silk called Fagara Silk is made in Northern India,
and in Taiwan, their cocoons are made into pocket
Females: Wingspan can get over 8",
by 7" tall.
Males: get 4 3/8" tall by 7 1/2"
Diet: Jamaican Cherry Tree (Muntingia calabura),
Soursop, Lime, Rambutan, Cinnamon, Pomelo, Guava,
Citrus fruits, but if you got access to Privit
then they can be fed only that with no need for
other plants. Another good thing about Privit,
is that it is ever green.
The eggs have a small dark glue like substance,
which is used to stick them onto the leafs. If kept
slightly moist, this substance stays sticky and
acts like an elastic when pulled on.
L4 larva on Privit.
Adult moth (already folded and dried for future