(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/76/Atlas-moth on October 9, 2011 3:12 AM)
A few weeks ago, we found an Atlas moth in our pond. It was the largest moth I had ever seen. (The soccer ball behind it is around 8 inches in diameter.)
The photo shows that part of its wing (at the lower left of the photo) is damaged. Some time after the photo was taken, we found that both wings had been damaged. (We suspect a chicken had attacked it.) We put the moth high on the branches of a tree. When we got back to it some time later it was gone.