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Advocates of molecules-to-moth evolution tend to be looking for function in everything, so they puzzle and puzzle 'till their puzzlers are sore as to why and to what purpose giant silk worms are sporting such brilliant colors. It's not so they can fly into town on a weekend and do some courting, because they're nocturnal, and the colors don't figure into mating. Here's a thought: they were designed by their Creator, and did not evolve. Add to that, the Creator likes beauty, and has spread it all around for our benefit.
I’m a butterfly farmer. That statement, by itself, arouses people’s curiosity. They assume I must really love butterflies, and they’re right. I’m often asked which types of butterflies are my personal favorites, but that’s a hard question. People are usually surprised when I answer, “It’s actually not a butterfly, but the giant silk moth.”To read the rest, click on "Giant Silk Moths—Butterflies’ Unsung Rivals". And you might want to check out the short video of the Atlas moth, below. Note what looks like a cobra's head design on the wings.
I have always had a natural love for all butterflies and moths, but there is something special about this family of gentle and unassuming moths. Most people have never heard of them, let alone seen one up close. Flying mostly at night, they are hard to find, and this may be one reason they are so underappreciated. Yet these moths are some of the most unique and beautiful insects known to man.
The family of giant silk moths, or Saturniidae as they are known in the scientific community, includes the largest—and arguably most beautiful—moths in the world. Like all other moths and butterflies, they share unique designs that enable these delicate insects to fly with amazing ease.