Death's-Head Hawkmoth : The Mad King's Moth

The Wild Episode

Nov 29 2021 • 30 mins


The African Death's-Head Hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos) is a big, striking moth loaded with grim symbolism and superstition. But we're mostly interested in its very unusual vocal abilities, its very unusual diet, and its surprising connection to ... potatoes.

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Music

Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.

plus modified versions of:

Slide Rule by Gurdonark, CC BY 3.0

Recording of Acherontia styx, Natural History Museum Sound Archive via wikimedia/bio.acousti.ca, CC BY 3.0