is the World's Largest Butterfly?
The largest butterfly in the world is the Queen
Alexandra's Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae).
This huge, poisonous butterfly lives in the rain
forests of Papua, New Guinea, and is an endangered
species with a wing span of 11 inches. Males of
the species are much smaller than females. The
second-largest butterfly in the world is the Goliath
Birdwing and it lives in Indonesian rainforests
and has a wingspan up to 11 inches
What is the Largest Butterfly in USA?
The largest butterfly that can be found naturally
in the United States is the Giant Swallowtail
(Papilio cresphontes) with a wing span of 4-6
inches, and is known as the "Orange Dog"
by local citrus growers. Giant, Thoas, and female
Tiger Swallowtails are the largest of the North
What are the Largest Moths in the World?
Hercules Emperor Moth (Coscinocera hercules) of
northern Australia and New Guinea is one of the
largest moths in the world with females of the
species capable of reaching a wing span of 10.5
inches. Great Owlet Moths (Thysania agripinna)
of South America have females with a wingspan
that measures up to 12 inches. Owlet Moths, or
Noctuids (Noctuidae), are part of a gigantic family
of moths with some specimens on record with an
amazing 18 inch wing span. The Giant Atlas Moth
(Attacus atlas), one of the largest silk moths,
can be mistaken for a medium-sized bat when flying.
Atlas moths has the largest wing surface area
of all moths and
the markings on the moth's front wingtips resemble
a snake's head and may scare away predators.
The Luna moth (Actius luna) (Lunar Moth) one of
the largest moths in North America and is a Giant
Silk Moth with fantastically colored fluorescent
green wings with brown spots and white "eye"
on each wing, and long sweeping
lower wing-tails. Lunar moths have wings that
span from 3 to nearly 8 inches across. A close
cousin to the Luna Moth is an African species
known as a Comet Moth (Agerema mittrei), Madagascan
Moon Moth, or a Malagasy Lunar moth from Madagascar
that sports huge and hefty 8 inch wings with a
6 inch long trailing tail. Like its American cousin,
the African and Madagascan moths are born without
a mouth and have just two weeks to find a mate
before they literally starves to death. American
Luna (or Lunar) Moths have a wing span of 3 to
4 1/4 inches. Male and female Luna Moths are similar
in appearance, but the antennae of the males appears
slightly more feathery.
Real natural American Luna Moth (Actius
luna) wings are naturally fluorescent
green which makes our glowing Luna moth magnets
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What is the Smallest Butterfly?
smallest butterfly is the Western Pygmy blue
(Brephidium exilis) from Africa, which has a
half an inch wingspan.
What is the Smallest Moth?
Nepticulid moths which have a 0.1 inch wing span.
They are the smallest known species of moths and
are leaf miners within the pygmy moth family (Nepticulidae).
Average moths have a 1 inch wing span.