This sale is for one preserved and framed Death Head Moth. The frame is made of a black faux wood shadow box and adorned with metal corner embellishments. The frame itself measures approximately 8" wide x 6" high. The size of the death head moth itself measures approximately 4” wide x 3” high. The frame has a flat bottom to accommodate being placed on a desk or shelf as well as a hole in the back to accommodate wall hanging.


One of the moth’s magical properties is transformation. Just as we can emerge with a new perspective, the Moth transforms as a type of caterpillar from a chrysalis. It completely changes into something that looks, acts and sounds differently. The moth most notably goes from being able to crawl, into something that’s able to fly. In addition to transformation, the symbolism of the moth may include adaptability, power and movement. 


The human skull-like mark on its thorax gives this particular moth its ominous sounding name. In Spanish, “Cabeza de muerto”, this particular moth is referred to in English as the “Death Head Hawkmoth”.


Historically, the Death Head Moth is considered a bad omen. The coming of death, which is in our philosophy not an end, but a new opportunity to live again. The Death Head Moth has appeared in dark themed pieces of classic and contemporary literature, such as Bram Stoker’s, “Dracula” as well as in Thomas Harris’ “The Silence of the Lambs”. Edgar Allen Poe mentions them in one of his short stories as well. According to one legend, the death head moth was first seen in Britain, at the time of the execution of King Charles I.

This mixture of symbolism and belief, is exactly what our shop represents, beauty and death. There are many individuals that enjoy collecting moths and butterfly specimens to add to their collections. These moths are not commonly found in the United States. They typically live in areas of Europe and Asia.

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Preserved Death Head Moth in Shadowbox Frame



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