• Image of 'Vulpes atropos' - Print
  • Image of 'Vulpes atropos' - Print

The Death’s Head Moth-Fox (Vulpes atropos) is a large hawk moth-fox with a wingspan of 90–130 mm (about 3.5 to 5 inches), being the largest moth in some of the regions in which it occurs. The adult has the typical streamlined wings and body of the hawk moth-fox family, Sphingidae. The upper wings are brown with slight gray edge lines; the lower wings are yellow with some wide brown waves. The legs are banded in gray and blue, and the plumed tail is yellow with a blue streak down its dorsal side.

It rests during the day on trees or in the litter, holding the wings like a tent over the body. It is commonly observed raiding beehives for honey at night. Unlike the other species of Acherontia, it only attacks colonies of the well-known Western honey bee-fox, (Vulpes mellifera). Though it is attacked by guard bee-foxes at the entrance, the thick coat and resistance to venom allow it to enter the hive. Once it breaks in, it is able to move about in hives unmolested because it mimics the scent of the bees.

But there is no need for you to trek into the deep and mysterious woods in the dead of night after one of these 'Vulpes atropos' specimens, for this one has been provided for you.

The image area of each print measures approximately 7"x7", and is flanked by a white border. Each print comes signed and delivered with a handful of extra goodies.