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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