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What

Bee Robber Acherontia lachesis

Observer

hkmoths

Date

June 6, 2010 02:13 PM HKT

Description

Insecta: Lepidoptera
Sphingidae, Sphinginae

Acherontia lachesis

at light trap, 5 April 2010, Lam Tsuen Valley, New Territories, Hong Kong

A fellow moth recorder (now returned to the UK) has a son who, when he was four or five, called this species a "squeak moth" - after the sound the moth makes when it forces air through its haustellum (=proboscis, or "tongue") in order to mimic the buzzing of a queen bee and as a defence mechanism.

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