Death s Head Hawk-Moth Picture

Death’s-Head Hawk-Moth Acherontia atropos

The species names atropos, styx and lachesis are all related to death. The first refers to the member of the three Moirae who cuts the threads of life of all beings in Greek mythology; the second to the river of the dead, also in Greek mythology; and the last refers to the Moira who allots the correct amount of life to a being. In addition the genus name Acherontia is derived from Acheron, a river in Greece that was believed in Greek Mythology to be a branch of the river Styx.

atropos is also very large, with a wingspan of 90–130 mm (three to five inches), being the largest moth in some of the regions in which it is found.
The moth also has numerous other unusual features. It has the ability to emit a loud squeak if irritated. (very loud hahah – I know because it squeaked at me)

The skull pattern has helped the moth earn a negative reputation, such as associations with the supernatural and evil.
Numerous superstitions claim that the moth brings bad luck to the house into which it flies: death or grave misfortune.
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