What is the smallest and largest butterfly/moth found at Reiman Gardens

atala hairstreak (Eumaeus atala)

The world’s largest butterfly is the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing.  It has a wingspan of 12 inches and is native to Papua New Guinea.  The world’s smallest butterfly is the  Western Pygmy Blue.  It has a wingspan of  0.5 to 0.75 inch and is native to the western U.S.  The world’s largest moth is the Atlas Moth.  It has a wingspan of 10 inches and is native to Southeast Asia.  The world’s smallest moth is a Nepticulid moth, a leaf miner.  It has a wingspan of 0.1 inch.

The largest butterfly we fly in the wing is the female New Guinea Birdwing.  It has a wingspan of 6 inches and is native to New Guinea, Moluccas, Solomon Islands, and NE Australia.  The smallest butterfly we have in the wing is the Atala Hairstreak.  It has a wingspan of 1.25 inches and is native to Florida, Central America and the Greater Antilles.  The largest moth that we fly in the wing is the Atlas Moth.  We can’t really brag about a smallest moth.  Silkmoths are really the only moths we are allowed to have in the Wing and most of these are still quite large.