Blood Beast Terror is a film starring Peter Cushing who would have been 100
years old today. A real gentleman of the stage and screen with lovely manners.
I watched it today in honour of his memory and it got me thinking about moths.
The blood beast terror is a giant Death’s Head Moth that sucks blood and goes
around in the disguise of Wanda Ventham the actress. (find info about her here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0893243/)
Death’s Head Moth ,if memory serves me well, is 3 species and they do not bite
but the larvae or caterpillar are known
to. They are also not giants but can grow up to 135mm. The biggest moth discovered is the Atlas Moth
which has a wingspan of up to 30cms.This large moth has no mouth parts unlike
the Death’s Head Moth which steals honey from beehives. The Atlas Moth prefers
warmer climes whereas the Death’s Head Moth is seen in Europe.None of them suck
blood but a so called vampire moth was discovered in 2008:
Vampire Moth Discovered --
Evolution at Work
previously unknown population of vampire moths has been found in Siberia. And
in a twist worthy of a Halloween horror movie, entomologists say the
bloodsuckers may have evolved from a purely fruit-eating species.
So how farfetched is our blood sucking giant of the Horror
film? At the moment it is farfetched but who is to say what evolution may turn
up? There has never been an explanation for Mothman...could he have been a
giant moth that also had human form?
RIP Peter Cushing. A great actor and a lovely human