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Aug 15, 2012

Largest moth in the world

Photo by Peter Byrne/PA
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I know...I's not a bird, but this photo caught my eye and I just had to share it.   This is an Atlas Moth, native to south-east Asia.   This is a newly-emerged specimen at the Chester Zoo, one of the UK's largest zoos and the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain.   This specimen  is being held by butterfly keeper Heather Prince.   Atlas Moths have a wingspan of up to 30 centimetres.   According to Wikipedia, the Atlas Moth's Cantonese name translates as "snake's head moth", which refers to the image on the tips of the forewing, that when fully extended, bear a passing resemblance to a snake's head (see photo above).   Now, back to those feathered, flying thingys.
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