Winner of (my) 2021 Halloween Horror Enabler award goes to this AWESOME moth-wrangler. (Runner-up awards to the unsung heroes who painted skulls onto clear fingernails and GLUED THEM TO MOTH THORACES. Seriously.)
In response to a request from Barb Taub, I am reposting this article from 2015.
I raised the insects for the Silence of the Lambs. How that happened is sort of interesting…
I got a phone call one day in my lab from a colleague at the USDA in Maryland, where there was an active entomology group. The first thing I heard was “How would you like to get involved in a movie?”
Being the attention hog that I am, I replied, “Tell me more.”
“Well, it’s a horror movie.”
“Even one with Jodie Foster starring?”
“How about Anthony Hopkins?”
“Okay, sign me up. What do I have to do?”
He explained to me that they needed Death’s Head Moths for the movie.
I wasn’t raising these moths, and besides, they were indigenous to…
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