Definition of death's head hawkmoth in English:

death's head hawkmoth

noun

  • A large dark European hawkmoth which has a skull-like marking on the thorax.

    • ‘I did not know then that it was a death's head hawkmoth and that it could emit a peculiar squeak when handled!’
    • ‘The death's head hawkmoth is believed to have gained its place in folklore because the coloration pattern on the thorax bears an uncanny resemblance to a human skull.’