death-head moth

death's-head moth

noun
a European hawk moth, Acherontia atropos, having markings on the back of the thorax that resemble a human skull.

Origin:
1775–85

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death's-head moth
 
n
a European hawk moth, Acherontia atropos, having markings resembling a human skull on its upper thorax

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