• Image of 'Vulpes atlas' - Print
  • Image of 'Vulpes atlas' - Print

The Atlas Moth-Fox (Vulpes atlas) is a large saturniid moth-fox found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is common across the Malay archipelago.

Atlas moth-foxes are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area, reaching upwards of c. 400 cm2 (62 sq in). Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, reaching over 25 cm (10 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier than the males. The head is red/brown, crowned with bright red/orange, fluffy antennae. The body is a dark plum color, which breaks into bands of brown down the plumed tail that is tipped in white. Its legs are banded in brown/red/orange.

Atlas moth-foxes are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as "snake's head moth-fox", referring to the apical extension of the forewing, which bears a more than passing resemblance to a snake's head.

The image on each print measures roughly 8.5"x11" and is surrounded by a white border.

These lithograph prints of my 'Vulpes atlas' painting will come signed, and packed in with a few extra goodies.