Today is shaping up as Animal Post Day.
Very few moths make any sound at all. This one, Acherontia atropos (the “death’s head hawk moth), squeaks. That makes it endearing, no?
The Wikipedia article on the species (link above) says this:
The moth also has numerous other unusual features. It has the ability to emit a loud squeak if irritated. The sound is produced by expelling air from its proboscis. It often accompanies this sound with flashing its brightly marked abdomen in a further attempt to deter its predators [JAC: notice that, too, in the video above]. It is commonly observed raiding beehives for honey at night. Unlike the other species of Acherontia, it only attacks colonies of the well-known Western honey bee, Apis mellifera. It is attacked by guard bees at the entrance, but the thick cuticle and resistance to venom allow it to enter the hive. It is able to move about in hives unmolested because it mimics the scent of the bees.
The British entomological journal Atropos takes its name from this species.
h/t: Bug Girl via Matthew Cobb