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The Wild Episode

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Nov 29, 2021

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