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Death's Head Hawkmoth 1500 Shillings .9999 gold coin, proof.
Few animals portray the fleeting nature and fragility of life like the Death’s Head Hawkmoth. The graceful flyer with the iconic death’s head pattern on its back is portrayed on a brand new coin concept that contrasts various aspects.
Mintage: only 5,000 pcs. worldwide. Coin in capsule, with COA.
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|Face Value :||1,500 Shillings|
|Metal :||Gold 99.99%|
|Weight :||0.5 g|
|Size :||13.92 mm|
|Mintage :||5,000 pcs. worldwide|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Wooden Box :||No|
|Original ETUI box/case :||No|
Acherontia atropos (African death's head hawkmoth) is the most widely known of the three species of death's-head hawkmoth. Acherontia species are notorious for a vaguely skull-shaped pattern on the thorax.
Acherontia atropos is a large hawk moth 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 family, Sphingidae. The upper wings are brown with slight yellow wavy lines; the lower wings are yellow with some wide brown waves. It rests during the day on trees or in the litter, holding the wings like a tent over the body.
The moth also has numerous other unusual features. It has the ability to emit a loud squeak if irritated. The sound is produced by expelling air from its proboscis. It often accompanies this sound with flashing its brightly marked abdomen in a further attempt to deter its predators. 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, Apis mellifera. It is attacked by guard bees at the entrance, but the thick cuticle and resistance to venom allow it to enter the hive. It is able to move about in hives unmolested because it mimics the scent of the bees.
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