Acherontia_lachesis Death's Head Hawk Moth

Dennis Melling

Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania

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13cm long and found at our house in Romania

Thea Daams came up with the name Death’s Head Hawk Moth and I found out all the information from wikipedia.

Eggs are laid singly under old leaves of the host plant and are green or grey-blue. None of the three species is restricted to a single family of host plant; hosts are typically in the families Solanaceae, Verbenaceae, Oleaceae, Bignoniaceae, and others. The larvae are stout, reaching 120–130 mm, with a prominent tail horn. All three species have three larval color forms: typically, green, brown, and yellow. Larvae do not move much, and will click their mandibles or even bite if threatened. When mature, they burrow underground and excavate a small chamber where they pupate.


Acherontia lachesis (en: Death’s-head Hawkmoth)
Date 10 January 2006
Source Flickr
Author Trevor Hartsell from San Francisco, California, USA
Reviewer Howcheng
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The skull pattern and its fanciful associations with the supernatural and evil have fostered superstitious fears of Acherontia species, particularly Acherontia atropos, perhaps because it is the most widely known. The moths’ sharp, mouse-like squeaking intensify the effect. Nor is this a new attitude: in the mid 19th century Edward Newman, having earlier mentioned the mark on the thorax wrote: "However, let the cause of the noise be what it may, the effect is to produce the most superstitious feelings among the uneducated, by whom it is always regarded with feelings of awe and terror.

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