The Giant Silkmoths: Colour, Mimicry & Camouflage
By Philip Howse and Kirby Wolfe
Publisher: Papadakis Dist A C (2012)
Product Size: 9.6 x .6 x 11.8 inches
The most spectacular wild silkmoths live in tropical and subtropical forests and include the elegant moon moths with delicate pale green wings and long tails, the huge atlas moths with snake patterns embroidered on the edges of their wings, and the ‘bullseye’ moths with brightly-coloured eye-spots that resemble the eyes of owls. The interplay of wing colour and design, behavior, and ecology in the evolution of these extraordinary insects is explored in a lively, accessible text by award-winning author Philip Howse accompanied by Kirby Wolfe’s magnificent photographs. Many previously unrecognized examples of mimicry of other animals embedded in their wing patterns are described and illustrated, including images of owl eyes, bird wings, claws, teeth, heads of reptiles, birds, rodents, cats… all designed to frighten the shortsighted, insect-eating birds that seek to prey on them.