Wow! That was my reaction after coming upon this beautiful giant while meandering through the butterfly habitat in Reimen Gardens on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa. Officially this is an Atlas moth, the largest moth species. Specifically, it was almost as wide as my outstretched hand and mostly burnt-orange in color. According to the attendant in the butterfly wing, just that morning this moth emerged from its cocoon and would live from a few days to possibly a week or so.