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'?"
l'Acherontia Atropos, "la piu tetra / delle farfalle"
(Acrididae), Spodoptera littoralis Boisduval (Noctuidae), Lacanobia olereaceae (L.) (Noctuidae), Acherontia atropos migratoria (L.) (Sphingidae), and Manduca sexta (L.) (Sphingidae), are believed most resistant to high concentrations of phytoecdysteroids (Dinan 1998).