Staff at a butterfly sanctuary were celebrating after nine of the world’s largest moths hatched.
The giant Atlas moths – which boast an impressive 10in to 12in (25cm to 30cm) wingspan – hatched from their chrysalises at Berkeley Castle Butterfly House in Gloucestershire.
Atlas moths are named after the intricate, colourful map-like patterns on their wings
It is the first time the moths have successfully bred and hatched offspring in two years.
The moths, which do not have fully-formed mouths and survive off fat they built up as caterpillars, only live for a maximum of two weeks.
They are unsteady fliers and the do not stray far. Their sole purpose of life as a moth is to breed.
Atlas moths are found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia and are common across the Malay archipelago.