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  • Is atropos like those witches in that cartoon Hercules movie?

    Spin. Measure. Cut. RUN!

  • "That's Acherontia atropos and Papilio codrus medon, " interrupted Madame Goody.

    Another Roadside Attraction

  • "Clotho velum retinet, Lachesis net, et atropos occit."

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • In the regions where the hideous death's-head sphinx, the acherontia atropos, abounds, they construct little pillars of wax at the entrance of the hive, so restricting the dimension as to prevent the passage of the nocturnal marauder's enormous abdomen.

    The Life of the Bee

  • Huber, in his _Observations on the Natural History of Bees_, avers that the moth called the _Sphynx atropos_ invades and plunders with impunity a hive containing thousands of bees, notwithstanding the watchfulness, pugnacity, and formidable weapons of those insects.

    Notes and Queries, Number 186, May 21, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • If the _sphinx atropos_, or death's head moth, forces its way into the hive, the bees are well known, after having killed it with their stings, to embalm the dead body with wax -- their reason for this is, that the body was too large for them to remove through the passage by which it entered, and they would avoid the unpleasant smell of the carcass.

    Olla Podrida

  • Pagan vain-glories which thought the world might last for ever, had encouragement for ambition; and, finding no atropos unto the immortality of their names, were never dampt with the necessity of oblivion.

    Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend

  • Congratulations on your sighting of a Death's Head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, the moth that was featured in the book and movie Silence of the Lambs.

    What's That Bug?

  • The insect, Acherontia atropos, is named after one of the three Greek goddesses of fate,


  • New year’s eve had failed to leave behind it the usual calamitous trail of fatalities, as if old atropos with her great bared teeth had decided to put aside her shears for a day.

    August « 2009 « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground


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