saturniid moth

saturniid moth

or giant silkworm moth

Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus)

Any of some 800 moth species of the principally tropical family Saturniidae. Adults have a stout, hairy body and broad wings, often vividly coloured and patterned. Most species have a central eyespot on each wing. Among the saturniids are the io moth (Automeris io); the giant cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia), the largest moth native to North America, with a wingspan of 6 in. (15 cm); several species of Antheraea that are used as a source of commercial silk; the emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia); and the luna moth.

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Most things with a name that includes the term "Atlas" stem directly or indirectly from the mythological character Atlas

Atlas may also refer to:

Greek mythology

  • Atlas (mythology), a Titan who bore the spheres of the heavens; inspiring the widely used image of a man carrying a celestial sphere on his back or shoulders (also known as Atlas Telamon or "enduring Atlas").
    • Farnese Atlas, a 2nd-century Roman marble copy of a Hellenistic sculpture of the Titan, "Atlas"

  • Atlas (no relation) was a mortal son of Poseidon and first king of Atlantis.










Literature and press




  • Meir Atlas (1848–1926), Rabbi of Shavel in Lithuania and one of the founders of the Telz Yeshiva
  • Charles Atlas (1892–1972), a famous bodybuilder
  • Tony Atlas (born 1954), a professional wrestler, bodybuilder, and powerlifter
  • Teddy Atlas (born 1956), a well-known boxing trainer and fight commentator
  • Natacha Atlas (born 1964), a Belgian singer
  • James Atlas (born 1949), is a founding editor of the Lipper/Viking Penguin Lives Series
  • Atllas, a rapper from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Atlas DaBone, an American professional wrestler
  • Atlas is a nickname for Michael Marra, a Scottish musician (born 1952).


  • Atlas Aircraft Corporation, a South African military aircraft manufacturer, formerly known as Atlas Aviation
    • Atlas Oryx, a medium-sized utility helicopter manufactured by the Atlas Aircraft Corporation of South Africa
    • Atlas Cheetah, a fighter aircraft of the South African Air Force
    • Atlas Carver, a South African military jet development project that was cancelled in the 1990s
    • Atlas XH-1 Alpha, a military helicopter
  • ATLAS (simulation), a system used to conduct military Command Post Exercises (CPX) within the Royal Thai Army
  • Armstrong Whitworth Atlas, a British military aeroplane manufactured (1927 - 1933)
  • HMLAT-303 is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron known as Atlas.
  • USS Atlas is the name of three different US warships between 1869 and 1972




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