Death’s-head Hawkmoth

Three species in the Acherontia genus make up the group commonly referred to as the Death’s-head Hawkmoth. One species is native to Europe, while the other two are found in Asia. These moths are named for their unique skull shaped markings on their thorax and vividly colored abdomens. They are also capable to making loud noises if frightened. These moths will invade beehives for honey and will come and go unharmed because they imitated the scent of the bees.

Females will lay green or bluish grey eggs on the bottom side of old leaves. When hatched, the larvae are green, brown or yellow in color and approximately 5 inches in length and feature a tail horn. They will pupate underground when mature.

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