a European hawk moth, Acherontia atropos, having markings on the back of the thorax that resemble a human skull.
Origin of death's-head moth
First recorded in 1775–85
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British Dictionary definitions for death's-head moth
a European hawk moth, Acherontia atropos, having markings resembling a human skull on its upper thorax
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