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Death is a frequent flyer!

July 25, 2010

As a young naturalist in Sweden I dreamed about seeing the rare Death’s-head hawkmoth Acherontia atropos. I never did, but here at Dokmai garden we commonly see the Asian look-alike Acherontia lachesis. It is fond of honey, and may even rob bee hives. At Dokmai garden we have wild bees nesting in the longan trees, apparently attracting this sphingid moth, which seems to be a frequent flyer during the rainy season.

Eric Danell

The death-skull on the thorax looks more like a surprised mask.

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