Sphingidae Sphinginae Acherontiini Smerinthus ocellata Agrius cingulatus
Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)
Death's-head Hawk-moth
Sphinx tête-de-mort

Genus: Acherontia [Laspeyres], 1809   Original genus: Sphinx Linnaeus, 1758

Synonyms (genus):
   Atropos Agassiz, 1846
   Brachyglossa Boisduval, 1828
  Synonyms (species):
   sculda Kirby, 1877

Adult:
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Adult, Vivaro (Roma), Italy, August 15, 2008 [41.76021, 12.79564]
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Adult, Vivaro (Roma), Italy, August 2, 2007 [41.76021, 12.79564]
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Adult, Mega Livadi, Serifos, Greece, August 15, 2015
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Adult, Vivaro (Roma), Italy, August 2, 2007. The 'death's-head' [41.76021, 12.79564]
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Adult, Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1995
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Adult, Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1995
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Daniel Morel)
Adult, unknown locality, May 12, 2004
(Photo by Daniel Morel)

Larva:
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (yellow form), Calou Guesthouse, La Digue, Seychelles, May 2, 2014 [-4.35206, 55.83548]
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (green form), Veuve Nature Reserve, La Digue, Seychelles, May 2, 2014 [-4.35821, 55.83142]
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (brown form), Ostia (Roma), Italy, November 4, 2008
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (brown form), Focene (Rome), Italy, December 8, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (brown form), Focene (Rome), Italy, December 7, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (brown form), Focene (Rome), Italy, December 14, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (green form), Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1995
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Alberto Molinas)
Larva, Cesano (Roma), Italy, November 5, 2006
(Photo by Alberto Molinas)
A. atropos (© Alberto Molinas)
Larva, Cesano (Roma), Italy, November 5, 2006
(Photo by Alberto Molinas)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (yellow form), Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1995
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (yellow form), Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1994
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (brown form), Cactus Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, March 29, 2004
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Diego Reggianti)
Larva (brown form), Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1995
(Photo by Diego Reggianti)
A. atropos (© Yeray Monasterio)
Larva (brown form), Punta Umbría, Huelva, Spain, November 2006
(Photo by Yeray Monasterio, ZERYNTHIA -- Asociación Española para la Protección de las Mariposas y su Medio)
A. atropos (© Barbara Klahr)
Larva, Formentera, Balearic Islands, November 14, 2004
(Photo by Barbara Klahr, Mediterrane Natur)
A. atropos (© Georges Verhulst)
Larva, unknown locality, October 11, 2006
(Photo by Georges Verhulst, Picos de Europa, papillons)

Larva (early stages):
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (first instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 9, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (first instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 9, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (first instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 10, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (first instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 14, 2008. Ab ovo, moulting
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (second instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 15, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (second instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 15, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (second instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 16, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (third instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 21, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (third instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 23, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (third instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 24, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (fourth instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, November 29, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (fourth instar), Focene (Rome), Italy, December 4, 2008. Ab ovo, moulting
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (fourth instar), Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1995
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Larva (fourth instar), Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1994
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)

Pupa:
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Pupa, Focene (Rome), Italy, December 7, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Pupa, Focene (Rome), Italy, December 7, 2008. Ab ovo
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Pupa, Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1995
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)

Egg:
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Egg, Focene (Rome), Italy, November 8, 2008
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)
A. atropos (© Paolo Mazzei)
Egg, Ostia (Roma), Italy, September 1995
(Photo by Paolo Mazzei)

Foodplants:
Solanum tuberosum, S. dulcamara, Ligustrum, Datura, Cannabis, Atropa, Lycium, Philadelphus, Nicotiana, Nerium, Olea, Schrebera alata, Stachytarpeta indica, Clerodendron, Tecomaria, Tecoma, Withania, Hoslundia, Fraxinus

To know more about:
A.R. Pittaway - Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic - Acherontia atropos page

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