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In a Flap Over Giant Moths at Shuttleworth College

Author: Manners PR Published: 20th September 2011 10:22

In a Flap Over Giant Moths

Thomas Burt and Gemma Douch (Year one students, Extended Diploma in Animal Management) pictured with the Atlas Moths (Attacus Atlas) from Southeast AsiaThomas Burt and Gemma Douch (Year one students, Extended
Diploma in Animal Management) pictured with the Atlas Moths
(Attacus Atlas) from Southeast Asia
Giant Atlas Moths, probably the largest moth in the world with an incredible 32 cm wing span, were hatched today (19th Sept)  at Shuttleworth College.  From Southeast Asia, this amazing species spends most of its life as a larva and once it changes from caterpillar to chrysalis the adult moth will breed and then die within a few days.

Students at Shuttleworth College have a unique opportunity to study these giant moths.  Their anatomical design is fascinating as they have no mouth parts to feed and after mating the female lays eggs and then dies.    The moths fly very majestically during moonlight hours with their incredible 32cm wingspan.

Carl Groombridge (Animal Centre Manager/Lecture) said:

"These moths have created enthusiasm for a group of flying invertebrates that are often disliked! But the value of observing such a species is truly inspiring to say the least! Many learners are in awe of such beauty - every centimetre of these animals is magnificently decorated with vivid colours."

The Animal Centre at Shuttleworth College is home to just about every family of species in the world and habitats include a topical rainforest setting - complete with soundtrack.

Shuttleworth College offers a range of courses for those who want to learn more about animals, from Saturday morning sessions for children and adults to full time courses leading to Animal Science qualifications.
To find out more see http://www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/ 

Gemma Douch

Thomas Burt



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