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"I caught an Atlas moth! I bet it never gets lost!" —New Horizons

The Atlas moth is a large moth that first appeared in New Horizons. It can be found on trees at night during spring, summer, and early fall.

Unlike other butterflies and moths, the Atlas moth does not fly, but instead rests on trees. Therefore it is obtained solely by approaching it slowly, similar to the many summertime beetles and cicadas. If approached too quickly, it will fly away.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Horizons[]

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"The Atlas moth is a monstrous thing! Not only is it one of the largest moths in the world... The tips of its wings look rather like the heads of venomous snakes! Despite its largeness and loathsome looks, the adult Atlas moth lives only for a few days. It emerges from its cocoon without a mouth, you see...and so cannot eat. I feel for the poor thing...but it is still foul!"

The Atlas moth can be found resting on the small tree closest to the large tree. During the day it sits in the middle, while at night it moves to the top of the tree.

Capture quotes[]

"I caught an Atlas moth! I bet it never gets lost!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Atlas moth
"I caught an Atlas moth! I bet it never gets lost!"
Current Active Hours 7pm to 4am
Months active (north) April to September
Months active (south) October to March

Further information[]

Main article: Atlas Moth on Wikipedia
Atlas moth

By Quartl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Atlas moth human hand

By Maghdp - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The Atlas moth is one of the largest lepidopterans with a wingspan measuring up to 24 cm (9.4 in) and a wing surface area of about 160 cm2 (~25 in2). It is only surpassed in wingspan by the white witch (Thysania agrippina) and in wing surface area by the Hercules moth (Coscinocera hercules). As in most Lepidoptera, females are noticeably larger and heavier than males, while males have broader antennae.

The body is disproportionately small compared to the wings. The upper side of the wings are reddish-brown with a pattern of black, white, pink, and purple lines and triangular, scale-less windows bordered in black. The undersides of the wings are paler. Both forewings have a prominent extension at the top.

The atlas moth has no mouth, every flight takes valuable energy and can take days off their already short lives, as it has a very short life span of only one to two weeks. They conserve energy by flying as little as possible. A female will wait for a male to come along and be fertilized, lay eggs and die.

In other languages[]

Atlas moth
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ヨナグニサン Yonagunisan -
France French Attacus Atlas -
Spain Spanish Polilla atlas -
Germany German Atlasspinner -
Italy Italian Farfalla cobra -
The Netherlands Dutch Atlasvlinder -
Russia Russian Павлиноглазка атлас Pavlinoglazka atlas -
China Chinese 皇蛾 Huángé -
South Korea Korean 아틀라스나방 Ateullaseunabang -

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