African Death's Head Moth - Acherontia atropos



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African Death's Head Moth - Acherontia atropos

The Death's-head hawkmoth, particularly the species Acherontia atropos, has long been associated with superstitions and myths due to its distinctive skull-like pattern on the thorax. This pattern, coupled with the moth's sharp, mouse-like squeaking, has evoked feelings of awe and terror, especially among the uneducated. Historically, such fears were not new; in the mid-19th century, entomologist Edward Newman mentioned the mark on the thorax and noted the superstitious feelings it produced among people. The moth's association with the supernatural and evil has been further amplified in popular culture. For instance, it has been featured in films like "The Silence of the Lambs" and "The Blood Beast Terror." Furthermore, a legend suggests that the species was first seen in Britain around the time of King Charles I's execution, adding to its eerie reputation. The moth's names, including "atropos," "lachesis," and "styx," are derived from Greek myths related to death, further cementing its association with dark and mysterious themes.

Our all-natural, intact specimens (no fake parts here!) are all of first-rate quality, delicately prepared, mounted, and framed with double-glass glazing in our very own fabrication studio in Upstate New York. We model our frames from solid fine ashwood, and they’re available in both a matte-black, and a natural finish.

Our framed insects are made-to-order. Please allow up to two weeks for your order to be completed. If you need your order sooner than this, please contact us at 212-343-1114 x401 or and we will do our best to accommodate you!


"SKU: AP-FI0066
Dimensions: 7.00""W x 6.00""H x 1.63""D
Scientific Name: Acherontia atropos
Origin: Africa.
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