Atlas moth

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Atlas Moth NH Icon.png Atlas moth  
Artwork of Atlas moth
Real-world info
Name: Attacus atlas
Family: Saturniidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Attacus Atlas
 Polilla atlas
 Farfalla cobra
 Павлиноглазка атлас
 Attacus Atlas
 Polilla atlas

The Atlas moth[nb 1] is a bug in the Animal Crossing series. The Atlas moth first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and was later added to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. It is a huge moth that is similar to the oak silk moth from previous games, for which it is a replacement.

In the games that the Atlas moth appears in, it is a rare bug that the player can encounter, and can be found on trees during the night. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it can be caught from mid spring to the start of fall.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


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

Time of year North: Apr – Sep
South: Oct – Mar
Time of day 7 PM – 4 AM
Location On trees (any kind)
Weather Any weather
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total bugs
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 3,000 Bells
 Flick 4,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

Blathers has this to say about the Atlas moth:

"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!"

Commissioning a model[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, if the player brings three Atlas moths to Flick to commission a model, he will say the following:

"R-really? You want a sculpture of an Atlas moth? The ghost who flutters like a bug? Their brief lives are a tragedy that no one will ever hear, for they have no mouths to tell it! I promise this will be my silent-est masterpiece, and I shall title it The Grand Atlas Moth!"


Real-world information[edit]

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 upperside 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 fertilised, lay eggs and die.

Atlas moths are a saturniid moth, a group that includes the famous luna moth. Despite what their common name suggests, they are only distant cousins of the domestic silk moth (Bombyx mori) which belong to the family Bombycidae. More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ヨナグニサン
Name of subspecies A. atlas ryukyuensis, lit. "Yonaguni silkmoth"

Korean 아틀라스나방
Atlas moth

Simplified Chinese 皇蛾
Atlas moth (lit. "royal moth")

Russian Павлиноглазка атлас
Pavlinoglazka atlas
Atlas moth

Dutch Atlasvlinder Atlas moth

German Atlasspinner Atlas moth

European Spanish Polilla atlas Atlas moth

European French Attacus Atlas From scientific name

Italian Farfalla cobra Atlas moth (lit. "cobra butterfly")


  1. Japanese: ヨナグニサン Hepburn: Yonagunisan