death's-head moth


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death's-head moth

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(Animals) a European hawk moth, Acherontia atropos, having markings resembling a human skull on its upper thorax
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Noun1.death's-head moth - European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skulldeath's-head moth - 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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When the tongs reach into the mouth of the victim in The Silence of the Lambs and extract a death's-head moth, it is unsettling, a moment of horror, but not so much because we are thinking about the victim.
These shifty images behave like good psychological tests should: now resembling hieroglyphics, now death's-head moths, diminutive horseshoe crabs, fossils, or the alphabet of a race of beetle-beings from Pluto.