Death’s Head Hawkmoth from India

Subject: Can you identify this bug?
Location: Bangalore, India
March 16, 2015 9:52 pm
I found an insect in my garden that I haven’t seen before. Can you tell me what it is?
It has was camouflaged on wood, it has wings and a body like a bee. It looks like it stings. I’ve got quite close to it and it hasn’t moved yet, but it is alive.
Please see the attached picture.
Signature: Tanaya

Death's Head Hawkmoth
Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Dear Tanaya,
Your image appears to have had some filter effect added to it, which is not ideal for identification purposes, but your Death’s Head Hawkmoth in the genus
 Acherontia is still recognizable.  It is a perfectly harmless species that poses no threat to humans. 

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