Friday, March 2, 2012

Atlas Moth: Photographer meets FOOT-WIDE moth in the Himalayas

Imagine if this scary customer turned up in your wardrobe.

Meet the world's largest moth, known as Attacus or Atlas, as it serenely sits on a road in north-east India.

With its astonishing 25cm or one foot wingspan, Sandesh Kadur was heading straight for this giant insect as he drove round the bend in the heart of the eastern Himalayas.

Mr Kadur, who described the moth as 'ginormous', admitted it looked like it was about to attack him as it opened its wings and took a defensive position.

Putting aside his fear he ushered it to the side of the road and then began to photograph it.

But anyone who comes across one in Asia should not be scared as it is completely harmless, despite its gigantic size.

Atlas moths are named after the intricate, colourful map-like patterns on their wings. Read More