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Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Acherontia atropos)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Bombycoidea family Sphingidae subfamily Sphinginae tribe Acherontiini genus Acherontia → species Acherontia atropos

Species name(s)

Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758) = Sphinx atropos Linnaeus, 1758 = Atropos solani Oken, 1815 = Acherontia sculda Kirby, 1877 = charon Clos, 1910 = confluens Dannehl, 1925 = conjuncta Tutt, 1904 = extensa Tutt, 1904 = flavescens Tutt, 1904 = imperfecta Tutt, 1904 = intermedia Tutt, 1904 = obsoleta Tutt, 1904 = suffusa Tutt, 1904 = variegata Tutt, 1904 = virgata Tutt, 1904 = violacea Lambillion, 1905 = diluta Closs, 1911 = obscurata Closs, 1917 = myosotis Schawerda, 1919 = moira Dannehl, 1925 = pulverata Cockayne, 1953 = radiata Cockayne, 1953 = griseofasciata Lempke, 1959.

Death's-head Hawk-moth


Zoogeographical regions

Palaearctic, Ethiopic.

Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #2. Kolsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky.

Forewing length

63—70 mm.

Primary colors

Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Acherontia atropos)

Detailed information with references


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Kola, Lower Volga, Mid-Volzhsky, Average Urals, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Austria, Azores, Albania, Andorra, Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Iceland, Spain (mainland part), Italy (mainland), the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Corsica, Crete,Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Northern Ireland, Northern Aegean Islands, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Faroe Islands,Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Cycladic, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Solanum tuberosum, S. dulcamara, Ligustrum, Datura, Cannabis, Atropa, Lycium, Philadelphus, Nicotiana, Nerium, Olea, Schrebera alata, Stachytarpeta indica, Clerodendron, Tecomaria, Tecoma, Withania, Hoslundia, Fraxinus. [28]. Peter Khramov.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Evgeny Komarov, Vitaly Gumenuk.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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29.12.2011 18:21, Peter Khramov

Eugene, through the form load of information as a personal message Upload - will be clearer ...

29.12.2011 16:53, Evgeny Komarov

Another note to describe the color of caterpillars. If you read the description here, and compare with the photos ... Well, not yellow caterpillars with green stripes, but quite the opposite!

22.03.2011 12:59, Peter Khramov

OK. Only the picture is not mine, but oh well)

21.03.2011 22:22, Igor Sakhno

A small note: "khaki" - the color of scorched desert (approximately the same as in your photo at the honeycomb.

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