Silence of the Lambs (moth)

Pierre Zagatti zagatti at
Fri Jul 31 04:10:23 EDT 1998

sebrez at wrote:
> Anyone know where the death head moth from the movie comes from

This is a FAQ no ?

Perhaps Acherontia atropos (L.) (Africa, Europe), but
more probably Acherontia lachesis (F) (India),
both Lepidoptera Sphingidae (Death's Head Hawk Moths).

> and is it for real?

Yep, they drill into the nostrils to the brain to send
the defunct's soul to the Great Chrysalis :-))

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