Natural Death Acherontia atropos ▪︎ Deaths Head Hawkmoth Preservation Frame

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Female Acherontia atropos

This large Death's Head Hawkmoth is what is referred to as 'ND' or Natural Death Specimen.
Moths and butterflies naturally start to deteriorate after a number of days. In breeding and study situations, they are typically humanly euthanized when they begin to show dormancy. 

This female along with a number of other in her brood, decided to continue growth past winter and completed her natural deterioration. She lived a much longer life than a standard atropos. Seeing them live longer even if by a few days is a wonderful success. 

She has some natural splits in the wing, missing antennae, and a perfect, large abdomen which is almost double a standard female size.

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