ONE of the largest moths in the world has been stolen from Stratford Butterfly Farm.
The theft came to light when a woman bragged about stealing an Atlas Moth cocoon on social media on Monday but her actions have provoked a storm of protest from Facebook followers who condemned her for “animal cruelty.”
The cocoon has now hatched but is unlikely to live longer than six days without special care which staff at the butterfly farm in Stratford-upon-Avon can provide.
It is not clear who the woman is or where she lives but she has claimed she took the cocoon home and is keeping the moth in a cage of some description.
Today, in response to continued public concern about the moth’s welfare, a spokesperson from the butterfly farm issued the following statement on social media: “For all of you waiting for news on our Atlas moth, the original post has now been deleted so it no longer appears on our timeline. We are still hoping for the return of our moth. As soon as we have more information we will update this post. Thank you to everyone that has messaged, emailed and telephoned their support and concern.”
Atlas moths are one of the largest in the world with a wingspan measuring between 25 to 30 centimetres.