Subject: Himalayan Atlas Moth?
Location: Bhutan, eastern Himalaya
May 27, 2015 9:10 pm
A former student of mine from Bhutan sent me a photo of what I believe is an Attacus atlas that he collected in the forest near Samtse, Bhutan. Could you confirm the species for me?
Jackson Hole, WY
Signature: Benjamin Sinclair, Naturalist
We believe this is Archaeoattacus edwardsii, Edward’s Atlas Moth, based on images posted to Silkmoths Bizland, where it states: “Ailanthus and Kashi holly are favorite natural hosts”. Some enterprising entrepreneur can start a new business raising Edward’s Atlas Moths for butterfly habitats, feeding the caterpillars on the invasive, exotic Trees of Heaven that are found throughout North America where they are crowding out native trees and plants.