Giant Atlas moth found on windowsill in Ramsbottom
A giant moth with a 1ft (30cm) wingspan has been found on a windowsill in Greater Manchester.
The Atlas moth is the biggest moth in the world and is normally found thousands of miles away in South East Asia.
When it landed at a house in Ramsbottom, it was so large the Blackmore family “thought it was a bat”.
The moth, which only lives for a week, has since died but 30 of its offspring are being reared at a butterfly farm in Bolton.
How the moth arrived in Ramsbottom is a mystery although it’s believed to have escaped from a private collection.