When Atlas moths came fluttering in

The Atlas moth that was spotted at T.M. Hosuru in Srirangapatna taluk of Mandya district for the very first time, say residents.  

T.M. Hosuru village residents of Srirangapatna taluk were all aflutter when two huge-winged Atlas moths (Attacus atlas) flew into their village on Wednesday.

When the moths appeared in front of Sri Mahakali temple during the ‘Adi Nagara Amavasya’, the devotees performed puja to the huge insects.

Auspicious day

According to R.J. Mohan, a resident of Annaporneshwari Nagar in the town, the goddess Mahakali had appeared in the form of moths on the auspicious day.

Mr. Mohan, a science graduate, told The Hindu that the butterflies [apparently a male and female moth] had a wingspan of at least 20 cm.

“They appeared at 11.30 a.m. on a small branch of a tree and flew around at 1.30 p.m. I have not seen such butterflies in my entire life,” he said.

‘Not that rare’

But, award-winning wildlife film maker and naturalist B.S. Krupakar said it was “not exactly a rare moth”.

Atlas moths have been spotted in different parts of Mysuru on several occasions, he said.

Huge dimensions

The Atlas moth is the world’s largest moth, in terms of the total surface area of the wings, wildlife enthusiast Vinodkumar Naik said.

However, T.M. Hosuru residents said they have not seen such moths in their area before.

The large-winged moths came to

T.M. Hosuru on the auspicious day of

Adi Nagara Amavasya

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