Death's Head Moth

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“The Death’s-head Moth is the European Acherontia Atropos, a hawk-moth with markings on the thorax resembling a skull or death’s head, hence the name. It flies after sunset and emits peculiar sounds somewhat resembling the squeaking of a mouse, produced by the friction of the proboscis against the inner striated coatings of the palpi. It attacks beehives, scatters the bees, and steals the honey."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)


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