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'?
El poeta viejo encuentra que el bicho lleva un nombre doblemente funebre, acherontia atropos y pertenece a la especie de las psiquideas; que Keats la registra en su "Ode on Melancholy" como intermediaria de las penas para apoderarse de la psique; que Ruben Dario habla de esa crisalida cuyo fulgor alumbra la "psique abolida".
Thus there is an unconfirmed record of the Death's Head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758) from Abu Dhabi and another of the Coffee Clearwing Hawkmoth, Cephonodes hylas virescens (Wallengren, 1865), from the Hajar Mountains of the Northern Emirates.