Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) emerges from cocoon in Canterbury, UK

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A female atlas moth (Attacus atlas) emerges from her cocoon straight onto my hand.About 12 were raised from eggs in a fishtank in the spare bedroom. When they hatched, they lived free in my flat in the UK for a fortnight.About the Atlas moth (from Wikipedia)The Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) is a large saturniid moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and common across the Malay archipelago.Atlas moths are considered the largest moths in the world in terms of total wing surface area [upwards of c. 400 cm2 (62 sq in)]. Their wingspans are also amongst the largest, reaching over 25 cm (10 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier.Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as "snake's head moth", referring to the apical extension of the forewing, which bears a more than passing resemblance to a snake's head.A record specimen of Attacus atlas from Java measured 262 mm.In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk in a non-commercial capacity; unlike that produced by the related Silkworm moth (Bombyx mori), Atlas moth silk is secreted as broken strands. This brown, wool-like silk is thought to have greater durability and is known as fagara. Atlas moth cocoons have been employed as purses in Taiwan.

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She waved to us at the end :)
Cyber Swiper
The eyes are so cute!
Joachim Petersen
At the end, it was like: FREEDOM!!!
Martyn Underwood
Soooooooooooo cute and adorable\n
Małgorzata K
Beautiful moth! :) Could you please tell me what conditions do the Atlas moths need during the pupae stadium?
Thi Minh Hang Vu
So cute. Btw, how can you tell a female from a male?
wow that's really cool :)
Love it!
Now all that's missing are two Japanese Cosmo girls singing as the moth hatches from the cocoon...