Death’s Head Hawk Moth (Acherontia styx medusa) flashing

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The earlier posting on “Death’s Head Hawk Moth – pupal development” identified the moth as Acherontia lachesis. This is incorrect. According to Dr Leong Tzi Ming, it should be Acherontia styx medusa.

This identification is based on the design of the abdomen, which becomes more obvious when the wings are raised, as seen in Tzi Ming’s earlier video (below) that shows the adult moth flashing its abdomen and squeaking from it’s ‘Squeaker’s Corner’. Sometimes, flashing may be accompanied by squeaking sounds.

Text by YC Wee; image and video by Dr Leong Tzi Ming

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