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Giants make flying visit to Stratford Butterfly Farm

Stratford Editorial 21st Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SOME giants have taken up a residence at Stratford Butterfly Farm – but visitors will have to be quick to see them.

Madagascan Comet Moths, which have a wingspan on 20cm and a tail span of 15cm making them one of the world’s largest silk moths, are the latest arrivals at the Swans nest attraction.

They get their name from their long tails, which look like comets flying through the sky behind them.

But adult moths only live for around five days, so staff at the farm are urging people to come and see the giant moths – alongside Giant Atlas Moths and the African Comet Moth – in the Discovery Zone as soon as possible.

Jane Kendrick from Stratford Butterfly Farm said: “After many years of trying to source this wonderful moth from Madagascar, we’re delighted to have a number on display.

“We have never had all three moths together at the same time so it’s an amazing sight to see them all hanging from the trees.”

Madagascan Comet Moths are also an endangered species in their rainforest habitat, but breeding in captivity is helping to save them from extinction.

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