Death's-Head Hawkmoth
Death’s-Head Hawkmoth at sauna Baug

Death’s-Head hawkmoth gets its name a shape that resembles the human skull on the thorax. They are members of the genus Acherontia. The species has three members. A. atropos, is found in Europe. A. styx and A. lachesis in Asia. The three species can be seen raiding beehives. They mimic the scent of bees which makes it possible for them to move about in hives. The moths have the ability to emit a sharp chirp when disturbed this along with the skull like patten has fostered superstitions about these moths.

Unlike butterflies moths are nocturnal. This moth was photographed at Saguna Baug, Neral near Mumbai.

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