Moth in the NOVEL version of "Silence of the Lambs"?

Rodolphe Rougerie rrougeri at
Thu Feb 12 11:57:29 EST 2009

Dear Doug and All,

Please see below.

>Hi Martin and Rodolphe,
                                    Yes, it appears that it was the 
Black Witch. Have a look at pages 
59-60. I'm not on Leps-L so you may want to post it on my behalf, if 
no-one else yet as.

Dr Ian J. Kitching
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 Hi, folks. While everyone in the world seems to know that the movie 
version of this novel referred to the Death's-Head Sphinx Moth, I have 
now heard two different versions regarding what was in the original 
novel; one person has told me it was the Death's-Head moth, as in the 
movie, but another has said that in the original novel it was the Black 
Witch moth. Does anyone here actually have a copy of this 1988 novel - 
preferrably an edition which definitively pre-dates the 1991 movie - and 
can check which of these is *actually* the case?


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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        is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

Rodolphe Rougerie, PhD
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