Whilst walking to work this morning I very nearly stood on possibly the largest insect I have ever seen. The small furry like dragon looked like a moth on way too many steroids. However it looked absolutely incredible (on the only day I forget to bring a camera to work). Being as they always get labelled as the poor mans butterfly I thought I would dig out some more specimens to share.
"The immature stage of this moth is a caterpillar, known as the woolly bear."
"The moth stage of this species is very beautiful. The wings of the moth are solid white, with irregularly shaped black circles all over them giving it the leopard-like appearance. The abdomen is dark blue with orange markings."
Rosy Maple Moth-
The Atlas Moth-
Atlas moths are considered to be the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area (upwards of c. 400 square cm or 65 square inches). Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, from 25-30 cm (10-12 inches). Females are appreciably larger and heavier.
Not sure what this one is, but it looks pretty incredible.
and after some digging I found the one from this morning.
The aptly named Hawk Moth
They are some of the fastest flying insects, capable of flying at over 50 km/h (30 miles per hour)
Finally, is the Case moth who makes their cocoons out of pieces of wood.
Andy Goldsworthy eat your heart out.