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hawk·moth

or hawk moth  (hôk′môth′, -mŏth′)
n.
Any of various thick-bodied moths of the family Sphingidae, having long narrow forewings, short hind wings, and a long proboscis, and characteristically sucking nectar from flowers while hovering. Also called sphingid, sphinx moth.
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Noun1.hawkmoth - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feedhawkmoth - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
Manduca sexta - moth whose larvae are tobacco hornworms
Manduca quinquemaculata - moth whose larvae are tomato hornworms
Acherontia atropos, death's-head moth - European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skull
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These powerful insects are heavy bodied and winged and can reach a prestigious size, the Death's Head Hawkmoth amongst the largest with a forewing of up to six centimeters (that's a 12 centimeter wingspan).
There were pink and olive elephant hawkmoths; a pine hawkmoth, feathered and ashy; a buff arches, patterned and gilded like the back of a barn owl; flame moths in polished brass; the yellow kites of swallow-tailed moths; common emeralds the colour of a northern sea, with streaks of foam; grey daggers; a pebble prominent; heart and darts; coronets; riband waves; willow beauties; an elder pearl; small magpie; double-striped pug; rosy tabby.
Unusual moths from Europe including the scarce silver-striped hawk-moth and Radford's flame shoulder have been seen in recent days, along with immigrant species such as the convolvulus hawkmoth and the humming-bird hawkmoth.
It remains one of the single most heart-stopping moments of my life, as a hawkmoth the size of my palm flittered up into my face and a harvestman (that wellknown non-spider with serious spider attitude) scrambled out and skittered over my naked foot.
The nocturnal hawkmoth Manduca sexta is a nectarous insect pollinator, which as most insect pollinators, relies heavily upon vison and olfaction to evaluate potential feeding sources.
Shape matters: corolla curvature improves nectar discovery in the hawkmoth Manduca sexta.
Spatial and temporal patterns of floral scent emission in Dianthus inoxianus and electroantennographic responses of its hawkmoth pollinator.
Such traits have been well studied in relation to the attraction of the diurnal moth Macroglossum to species such as Viola cazorlensis (Flerrera, 1990; Herrera, 1993) in Europe; however diurnal hawkmoth species such as Hemaris in North America have received limited behavioral study (Tartaglia, 2013).
Reachy Prints is a delightfully, trippy experience and the lead single Hawkmoth confirms that the band haven't lost their signature playful, but emotive, style.
Scientists found at least three hawkmoth species produce ultrasonic sound, including females.