Acherontia atropos - Death's head hawk

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Acherontia atropos

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.

Species details:

Note: Adults are robust moths with mottled brown forewings and yellow and black hindwings. The most distinctive feature is the creamy-yellow mark on the thorax, resembling a skull-and-cross-bones symbol. Adults are known to raid bee hives in search of honey.
Distribution: Throughout Africa, Europe, western Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands.
Related plant families:
Related plant genera:
LamiaceaeClerodendrum (Food plant)
LamiaceaeSalvia (Food plant)
OleaceaeJasminum (Food plant)
SolanaceaeSolanum (Food plant)
VerbenaceaeVerbena (Food plant)
Related plant species:
LamiaceaeHoslundia opposita (Food plant)
OleaceaeSchrebera alata (Food plant)
VerbenaceaeLantana camara (Food plant)

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Acherontia atropos ., retrieved 4 February 2023

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