Stolen Rare Atlas Moth Has Been Returned Following National Outcry

Following national outrage a rare atlas moth has been returned after being stolen from a butterfly farm.

The 30cm giant Atlas Moth was stolen last week [13 Oct] while still wrapped in a tight cocoon, with the thief proudly announcing her steal on social media, bizarrely claiming she gave birth to the largest butterfly.

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However the farm were happy to announce that the giant moth is back on display in it’s enclosure, in the discovery area of the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly farm after it recovered by police on Thursday [18 Oct]

The moths, that are sourced from Thailand and the Philllipines, are cared for by the farm as they that will often pass away within the first few days without specialist care.

Dubbed one of the largest insects in the world, the large fliers have 7-10 days to find a mate and lay up to 300 eggs at a time.

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A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police, said, “we are pleased to confirm the moth was collected this morning and safely returned.

“A 19-year-old woman from Birmingham was given a community resolution.”