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Indian Journal of Entomology
Year : 2016, Volume : 78, Issue : 2
First page : ( 111) Last page : ( 116)
Print ISSN : 0367-8288. Online ISSN : 0974-8172.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-8172.2016.00038.9

Death's head hawk moth, Acherontia styx westwood (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)- Its taxonomy and biology

Devi S. Jamuna*, Ramaraju K.

Department of Agricultural Entomology, Centre for Plant Protection Studies, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore-641003

*Email: agrojamuna@gmail.com

Online published on 20 July, 2016.


The death's head hawk moth, Acherontia styx Westwood from the subfamily Sphinginae is redescribed, with genitalic characters along with various parts such as labial palp, antenna, legs and wing venation. The total life cycle and morphometrics of life stages are also provided.



Acherontia styx, Sphingidae, genitalia, diagnostics, life stages.


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