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Post news and photos of migrant butterflies, moths and dragonflies, and learn about what is arriving in the British Isles right now.Read more
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Ever heard a moth squeak?
The spectacular Death’s-head Hawk-moth Acherontia atropos is one of the largest moths to occur in the British Isles. It arrives each year as a migrant from southern Europe and north Africa and it is deeply rooted in superstition as a creature of ill omen. It even featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Silence of the Lambs.
The moth also has the rare ability to squeak like a mouse by forcing air through its proboscis. For moth enthusiasts, however, it remains one of the holy grails of their hobby and to encounter this spectacular beast is an event that will never be forgotten. The name of our publications comes from the scientific name of the species, and the smiling face on the thorax of the moth provides our logo. (Photo by Robert Thompson)
Photo of the month
October's winner was Graham Jones, with this image of the migrant Palpita vitrealis, trapped at Little Neston on 10 October 2021.See more
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