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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)

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Photo of the month

September 2022 Winners - Paul Howe and Samantha Batty. We have selected two images for September - Paul Howe's The Passenger Dysgonia algira trapped in Seabrook, Kent on 7th September, and Samantha Batty's Vestal from Austerfield, Doncaster trapped on 3rd September.

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