World’s largest moth found in Washington

Creature usually found in Asia

Atlas Moth (CNN Newsource)

BELLEVUE, Wash. – An Atlas Moth was discovered last month in Bellevue, Washington.

It’s the first time the insect has ever been spotted in the United States.

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The moth’s name hints at the fact that its wing looks like paper map.

When photographed next to a human hand, you can see its size is roughly 10 inches across. Its sheer size is shocking.

The creature is usually found in Asia. It’s considered a tropical moth.

It’s unclear how it traveled to the United States or if it can even survive Bellevue’s climate.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture said the insects don’t pose a public health threat.

The agency is asking people to report sightings. It will help determine if this creature is traveling alone, or if there is in fact a population in the area.

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