A giant among moths

A while ago I posted about the Atlas moth, the largest moth species in the world with a 25-centimetre wingspan. A common sight in south Asia, they can be found from India all the way to Papua New Guinea.

Photographer Sandesh Kadur spotted this beauty on a trip to document the biodiversity of the eastern Himalayas. Early one morning he was driving through Arunachal Pradesh in the far north-east of India, when he rounded a bend in the road and saw “a ginormous moth” sitting by a pothole.

He got out to take photos, and as he did so the moth went into a defensive posture, spreading its wings and leaning forward to make itself look as big as possible. It remained still for several minutes, so one of Kadur’s colleagues was able to step behind it; the moth’s wingspan was wider than his face. Learn more here.

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