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Death's-head hawkmoth

Death's-head hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos) is a moth of the hoverfly family, one of the largest in Europe. It has a characteristic pattern on its trunk resembling a skull, to which it owes its name. Imagoes are found in honeybee colonies, where they feed on honey undisturbed. The corpse-headed darter has been associated with death in many cultures. It appears in the film The Andalusian Dog and is an important motif appearing in the novel Silence of the Lambs. 1)

Honeybee worker lifespan

The lifespan of a honeybee worker depends on the season. In the warm season, the worker bee lives only about 38 days. However, in the winter season, the lifespan increases significantly to about 6 months. 2)

Camponotus herculeanus

Ants of the genus Camponotus herculeanus are characterized by a peculiar appearance: narrow and long, although quite massive body. They are usually very nicely colored. 3)

Seven-spot ladybird

The larva of the seven-spot ladybird is very mobile and voracious. It is the larvae that are so effective at controlling aphids (much more effective than the adult forms), eating up to six hundred a day. 4)

Praying mantis

Praying mantis bites and chews the flesh of its prey in a way similar to mammals, but its jaws open sideways instead of downwards. When holding prey in its grasp, the praying mantis always starts its consumption from the head. 5)

entomology.txt · Last modified: 2021/08/05 04:37 by aga