Death’s Head Hawkmoth from Austria

Subject: Bee likely inesct
Location: Vienna, Austria
October 15, 2016 11:18 am
Hello, we found this bug in our apartmen and I have no idea what it could be. First I thought it might be a huge butterfly but it is to fat and to big and the wings are not like butterfly wings. It is about 10 cm big (or even bigger) and it is very voluminous. We found it in the city of Vienna in the season of autumn. I hope you can tell me what it is.
Signature: Marina Haller

Death's Head Hawkmoth
Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Dear Marina,
This is a Death’s Head Hawkmoth,
Acherontia atropos, a species that was featured in the advertisements for the Oscar winning movie Silence of the Lambs.  Our educational responsibilities are taking us away from the office for a few days, so we are post-dating your submission to go live later in the week during our absence.

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