Edward’s atlas moth

This moth was collected before 1863 by Colonel John Graham. The Edward’s atlas moth is an enormous species with beautiful rich wing colouration. The moths do not feed when adult and must rely on energy they stored as a caterpillar.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Natural History
Collection Class
Collector Excavator
Graham, Colonel John (from the collection of)
Common Name
Edward’s atlas moth
Simple Name
insect: butterfly
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)

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SATURNIIDAE: Archaeoattacus edwardsii White, 1859: Edward’s Atlas moth