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The family Saturniidae contains many of the largest and most spectacular moths on Earth including the Giant Atlas moth Attacus atlas which measures up to 25cms across the wings, and the amazing Madagascan Comet moth Argema mittrei which has 15cm long tails extending from the hindwings. The name of the family Saturniidae is derived from the 'Saturn's rings' ocelli on the wings. Click on the images below for more photos and detailed descriptions.

Brahmaea japonica, Japan Adrian Hoskins

Saturnia pavonia, England Adrian Hoskins

Automeris liberia, Ecuador Steve Ife

Actias luna, USA Adrian Hoskins

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