Attacus atlas

Roger C. KENDRICK kendrick at
Tue Nov 18 20:31:00 EST 1997

Subject:    Attacus atlas
Date:       Mon, 17 Nov 1997 09:20:20 +0100
From:       Jurgen Ziesmann

> Hello everybody

> In our institute we have done some work on sex pheromones of Attacus
> atlas, on their pheromone binding proteins and other olfaction related
> properties this summer.
> The (so far unpublished) results are quite surprising and therefore we
> would like to know more about ecology and behaviour.

> "Attacus species are among the larges butterflies on earth. Beautiful
> colored, enormous wing span ....
> Pupal stage can last for over one year." 

> That is basically all we could find so far. Who does know good sources
> for information on Attacus spp. biology? Has anybody ever watched them
> in nature and can add some observations?

> Any help greatly appreciated

> Jurgen Ziesmann

Hi Jurgen,

Work undertaken so far in Hong Kong indicates A.atlas is double brooded
in Hong Kong, with adults seen in April/May and again in September. This
may differ in other regions. A couple of references you should find
useful would be:

	 Holloway J.D., 1987. The Moths of Borneo: part 3; Lasiocampidae,
Eupterotidae, Bombycidae, Brahmaediae, Saturniidae, Sphingidae.
Southdene Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  
	 Pinratana Bro. A. & Lampe R.E.J., 1990. Moths of Thailand - vol.1 :
Saturniidae. Bosco Offset, Bangkok. 

Hope this helps.



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The University of Hong Kong
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