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Black Viscount Moth

by Breeyn McCarney

Measuring 14.5 inches in length and 14 inches wide, this large moth is an intimidating presence in a room.

The Black Viscount Moth – colloquially knows as the Bat Moth (Gothica morsus cranii) is ndigenous to the Americas, the Black Viscount is found in mid-growth wooded areas, primarily feeding on nectar and sumac. They are very large – they can get up to fifteen inches in length. Despite the similarities in wing shape, they are not closely related to Luna moths.

They do not share the fame and sinister reputation of Deathshead hawk moths, being far less widely known outside entomology circles – which is unfortunate for humans, as bat moths are far more deadly. Deathsheads are quite gentle and are legendary harbingers of doom because of their markings and squeaks. Unlike most other moth species, bat moths can be aggressive if threatened and cause severe reactions in humans. Just brief contact with the tails can cause dizziness and disorientation, and contact with the wings can often result in nausea and vomiting. Adult moths do not have mouths – they have instead proboscises, used to suck liquid from plants or other sources. The bat moth proboscis is unique – it is rigid and doubles as a defence mechanism. A threatened bat moth can puncture skin with its “fang”, resulting in coma or even death.

They “hibernate” in the winter, and have a lifespan of up to five years.

Product Height: 14.5 inches
Product Width: 14 inches
Product Depth: 2 inches

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Breeyn McCarney is an artist and designer based in Canada. After a decade designing custom couture fashion specializing in traditional hand-embellishment including embroidery and beading, she now creates 3D light-reflective pieces using those same techniques blended with hand-cutting, painting and shaping sequins. She twists natural and supernatural themes, merging science and fairytales to lure the viewer into believing in everyday magic. Flowers, insects, anatomy and mythical creatures are her favourite themes. Bones and bugs.