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Friday, June 22, 2007

DEATH'S HEAD



The Daddy of 'em all: the wonderfully named Acherontia Styx.

There's also a sub-species called: A. Styx Medusa. This baby has been cast throughout history as evil incarnate, a sinister avatar of death or the Devil, with numerous superstitions growing up around it. (As a child, just the idea of this moth, and also the Deathwatch Beetle used to creep me out.) The Death's Head even put in a guest appearance in Un Chien Andalou. Respek' due. It also makes a squeaking sound when cornered, like a bat (or me!). And even raids bee-hives in search of honey. He's one hard bastard of a moth.

Has even been known to put in special-guest appearances in the south of the UK.



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