Atlas Moth

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"I caught an Atlas moth! I bet it never gets lost!" —New Horizons
Atlas Moth
Japanese ヨナグニサン Korean 아틀라스나방 Chinese 皇蛾
French Attacus Atlas Italian Farfalla cobra Spanish Polilla atlas
German Atlasspinner Dutch Atlasvlinder Russian Павлиноглазка атлас
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Scientific name Attacus atlas
Family Saturniidae
Time of year April to September
Time of day 7pm to 4am
Location On trees
Rarity Rare
Selling price 3,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Atlas Moth is a relatively rare insect found on trees during spring and summer nights. It is a huge moth that is similar to the Oak Silk Moth from previous games, for which it is a replacement.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


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

Time of Year North: April – September
South: October – March
Time of Day 7 PM – 4 AM
Location On trees (any kind)
Rarity Rare
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 3000 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4500 Bells
Tank 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!"

Encyclopedia information[edit]

New Horizons[edit]

Further 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.

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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")