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World's largest moth spotted in the US for the first time

By T.K. Randall
August 21, 2022 · Comment icon 5 comments

This is one huge moth. Image Credit: Washington State Department of Agriculture
A species of moth with a wingspan of up to 14 inches has been spotted by a professor in Washington state.
Most moths tend to be quite small - even smaller than butterflies - but there also exist species of moth that can grow to gargantuan sizes and the largest of them all is the atlas moth.

Native to the warm tropical forests of South-East Asia, the species can also be found in zoos, botanical gardens and private collections across the world.

Finding one in the wild outside of its natural habitat, however, is a rare thing indeed.
This recent specimen, which was reported by a professor from the University of Washington, was spotted sitting on the wall of a building in Bellevue back on July 7th.

According to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Investigation Service, it is indeed an atlas moth and this is believed to be the first confirmed sighting of the species on American soil.

Entomologists are now asking members of the public to keep a look out for any more of them.

There's no need to worry, however, as the moths are completely harmless to humans.

Source: USA Today | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
Are they sure that this is not the Mothman?
Comment icon #2 Posted by NCC1701 1 year ago
It is a piece of art.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Splendor Solis 1 year ago
The top of both of its wings look like snake heads.
Comment icon #4 Posted by TripGun 1 year ago
Interesting that the moth knows what a snake looks like to deter predators....
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters 1 year ago
Atlas Moth https://www.calacademy.org/explore-science/atlas-moth

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