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GREATER DEATH'S HEAD HAWKMOTH

ACHERONTIA LACHESIS LACHESIS (Fabricius, 1798)

Description:

Wingspan: 100--132mm. The moth rests with the wings folded penthouse-wise, covering the abdomen completely. When disturbed it raises the body from the surface on which it is sitting, at the same time partially opening and raising the wings, and emitting a squealing note. Mell states that this moth enters bee-hives to steal the honey, as in the case of Acherontia atropos. It comes to light freely (Bell & Scott, 1937).

Notes:

GENUS Acherontia [Laspeyres], 1809

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3 Comments

Thanks Carol..

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

What a strange common name, but I can clearly see why. This is another amazing moth you have found. I really love moths.

OnengDyah
OnengDyah 8 years ago

pretty..nice pic.

Thimphu, Bhutan

Spotted on Sep 18, 2012
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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