Video Of Atlas Moth Goes Viral, Internet Is Baffled
A video of an atlas moth is making rounds on the internet and has amazed many people on social media. People find it hard to believe the moth’s size and many believe the video is fake. However, this is not the case. One of the largest moth species in the world, the atlas moth has a wingspan of up to 12 inches and a total surface area of as much as 62 square inches, apparently larger than the human hand.
The video of the moth was posted on Twitter by Tansu Yegen. In the video, one can see how the huge moth, which looks like a butterfly, is placed on someone’s hand. The moth also flaps its wings while the video is being recorded. Mr Yegen shared the video and wrote: “Seen in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia, the atlas butterfly is the largest known butterfly in the world with a 30cm wingspan. The wing surface of the butterfly, decorated with the figure of a cobra snake, reaches 400 square centimeters.”
The atlas butterfly, seen in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia, is the largest known butterfly in the world with a wingspan of 30 centimeters. The wing surface of the butterfly, decorated with the figure of a cobra snake, reaches 400 square centimeters🦋 pic.twitter.com/a1uvTmdvM9
— Tansu YEĞEN (@TansuYegen) December 25, 2022
However, Mr Yegen mistakenly identified the moth as a butterfly. Since it was shared, the video has more than four lakh views and four thousand likes. Many users were confused and surprised when they saw the video. Several users corrected Mr Yegen by stating that the creature was not a butterfly.
“There are moths not butterflies but very impressive species,” said one user.
“Actually a moth, but a very cool insect,” said another person.
A third user said: “I live in Indonesia but have never seen that big thing.”
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According to the Natural History Museum, the creature is native to China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia. It shares a name with “Atlas”, the Titan god of Greek mythology. This moth also has a built-in method of deterring predators and its wing tips resemble cobra snake heads. When threatened, the atlas moth moves its wings slowly to mimic a snake to ward off potential attackers.
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