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Acherontia Atropos

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Acherontia atropos, the (African) death's-head hawkmoth, is the most widely recognized of three species within the genus Acherontia. It is most commonly identified by the vaguely skull-shaped pattern adorning the thorax, the characteristic from which its common and scientific names are derived. 

Death's-head hawk moths are large, ranging from 3.5 to 5 inches as adults. The upper wings are dark, creating a stark contrast between them and the lower wings, which range from a bright yellow to a light cream, yellow being the more common.

A. atropos appears in popular media, including the films The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Dracula (1958).

It is commonly found in the southern part of Europe and throughout much of Africa, from where it is considered to be a native species. Annually, A. atropus migrates to parts of Britain, most numerously to the British Isles, where it is less commonly seen than in its native place of residency.