Acherontia atropos


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Noun1.Acherontia atropos - European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skullAcherontia atropos - European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skull
hawk moth, hawkmoth, hummingbird moth, sphingid, sphinx moth - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
Acherontia, genus Acherontia - death's-head moth
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Van Helsing nodded to him as he whispered to me unconsciously, "The Acherontia Atropos of the Sphinges, what you call the `Death's-head Moth'?
Daarna wys Miss Mouffet aan Seth die doodshoofinot ("Death's-head Hawkmoth" ofte wel Sphinx acherontia atropos met die skedelteken op sy toraks (sien Bylaag A; laaste figuur regs onder).
Death's head hawk moth is also called Acherontia atropos.