Taxidermy butterfly framed. Butterflies and moths tend to be linked symbolically with fairies and witches: they all have the ability to fly and to change form. Ours are just ordinary moths. The name Death's-head Hawkmoth refers to any one of the three moth species of the genus Acherontia (Acherontia atropos, Acherontia styx and Acherontia lachesis). The shiny brown pupae of the Death's-head Hawkmoths can sometimes be found in the soil, in potato fields as the crops are lifted. Food:  The larvae feed on potato plants, Buddleia and Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna). Acherontia atropos is a large hawk moth with a wingspan of approximately 80–120 mm (about 3.5 to 5 inches), making it the largest moth in a number of the regions in which it resides. 17.5cm X 17.5cm X 3cm royal mail second class Death Head Hawkmoth They feed on the nectar of night-scented flowers such as honeysuckle and lay their eggs on rosebay willowherb, bedstraws and fuschias. They are similar species, but moths are nocturnal creatures, while butterflies are daytime insects. * While the movie poster bears an exaggerated Photoshopped image of the insect, the real death’s-head moth is, in fact, so named for the striking skull-like pattern on its thorax. Image via MarilynJane. google_ad_slot = "9183380168"; The adult moths emerge at night between May and July. Each moth species has its own suite of suitable host plants (for example, some eat only members of the tobacco/tomato/potato family; others must eat the leaves of rose … This is a beautiful display of a Death's Head Moth made famous by the movie "Silence of the Lambs" and mounted with a "Silence of the Lambs" laminated poster. In parts of Scotland, Friesland and Bosnia, moths … Both of them belong to the order Lepidoptera.