Death's Head Hawkmoth from Singapore

Location: Singapore
February 8, 2012 6:17 am
Hi again, I was just wondering if you could just confirm what this beautiful moth is – is it a ghost moth of some sort?
Thank you!
Signature: Cassia

Death's Head Hawkmoth

Dear Cassia,
Your interesting moth is commonly called the Death’s Head Hawkmoth because of the skull marking on the thorax of the adult moth.  Its scientific name is
Acherontia atropos.  The Death’s Head Hawkmoth was popularized when it appeared on the poster of the Oscar winning film Silence of the Lambs.  The striking caterpillar of the Death’s Head Hawkmoth is frequently submitted to our website for identification and it is also pictured on the Macro Photography in Singapore website.

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