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Death's-head Hawkmoth

Acherontia lachesis


A gold mining base-camp near a dense secondary forest.

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Very cool. Here's the caterpillar

Christiane 9 years ago

Cool we now have a Death's-head, an Alien and a Smiley..

Jeannette 9 years ago

Very cool :)

JohnTasirin 9 years ago

Interesting. Thank you, Martini. Now, I know what the name (or rather the scientist) is telling. I was so thrilled to spot the moth. It is a remote area about 5 hours driving from Manado (the capital city of the province). I will share three other species of moths that were resting in the same net.

MartinL 9 years ago

Very fitting names for the viper and the hawk-moth. And Latin names are specific. I struggle with many common names as ambiguous and parochial. Like the lacewing! Lepidoptera or Neuroptera?

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Very nice, Martin. Scientists have a sharp sense of drama, along with some sense of humor. BTW, the most dangerous species of south american snakes is called "Lachesis muta" (transformed Lachesis, in a free translation).

MartinL 9 years ago

Thats an absolutely spectcular hawkmoth John.
Did you know the Acheron (latin = Acherontia) is the river in Greek mythology that the boatman takes you across to enter the underworld (death). Lachesis (gk = disposer of fate) is the white robed lady who decides your date of departure, and your fate in the next life. Fascinating mythology but please don't be superstitious.

dandoucette 9 years ago

Awesome! I have seen the caterpillar but never the adult.

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