A large dark European hawk moth with a skull-like marking on the thorax and a very large caterpillar.
- Acherontia atropos, family Sphingidae.
- The death's head hawkmoth is believed to have gained its place in folklore because the coloration pattern on the thorax bears an uncanny resemblance to a human skull.
- I did not know then that it was a death's head hawkmoth and that it could emit a peculiar squeak when handled!
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Syllabification: death's-head hawk moth
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