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Cannibal!! This funny looking cartoon head belongs to the Death's Head moth, Acherontia lachesis. It's just one of the many many insects found in my favorite playground :D Acherontia lachesis,Geotagged,Malaysia,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Cannibal!!

This funny looking cartoon head belongs to the Death's Head moth, Acherontia lachesis. It's just one of the many many insects found in my favorite playground :D

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  1. Wonderful moth! Can you include a location/geotag? Posted one month ago
    1. Done! Posted one month ago
      1. Thanks!

        I cannot help but see a smiling face in that pattern!
        Posted one month ago
        1. There seems to be 3 species of "death's head hawkmoths", and I'm thinking this one is Acherontia lachesis:
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acherontia_lachesis

          Seems to match better visually as well as in distribution. What do you think?

          @Azura: in any case and awesome photo, let that be clear :)
          Posted one month ago
          1. That does seem like a match, Ferdy! Great catch! Posted one month ago
            1. Looks like a match, I agree. Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
              1. Thanks for confirming, both, ID changed. Posted one month ago
          2. I'll have to agree. Thanks, Ferdy! Posted one month ago
        2. So cool! And, I see the smiling face too - It looks like a happy dog with it's tongue hanging out :)
          Posted one month ago
          1. Haha.. it always reminds me of those cartoon cannibals... Posted one month ago
            1. Lol, yes - definitely! Posted one month ago
  2. Incredible! I am always very impressed with the ability of some species to mimic other species. Posted one month ago

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''Acherontia lachesis'' is a large Sphingid moth found in India and much of the Oriental region, one of the three species of Death's-head Hawkmoth, also known as the ''Bee Robber''. It is nocturnal, and very fond of honey; they can mimic the scent of honey bees so that they can enter a hive unharmed to get honey. Their tongue, which is stout and very strong, enables them to pierce the wax cells and suck the honey out.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Jan 22, 2020. Captured Jan 8, 2019 09:43 in 1919, Jalan Gap-Bukit Fraser, Bukit Fraser, 44000 Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Canon EOS 750D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/160s
  • ISO100
  • 37mm