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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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The convolvulus hawkmoth, which has a 12cm wingspan, migrates from southern Europe and a few hundred are spotted each year in the UK, mainly in the late summer and early autumn.
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.
Butterfly Conservation revealed more than 16 species of moth, ranging from the dramatic privet hawkmoth to the protected barred tooth-striped, use the tree.
Jagged Onopordum rose up through a plump quilt of pale blue Geranium phaeum Walkure and Centranthus lecoqii -- a delightful Valerian, duskier in colour and the best, apparently, for attracting the hummingbird hawkmoth.
A hawkmoth caterpillar in a Costa Rican cloud forest displays conspicuous eyespots (its real eyes are tiny) and a soft, fake stinger (Figure 5).
New arrivals include the Death's-head Hawkmoth, made famous in The Silence of the Lambs, and the stunning Crimson Speckled moth.
Daytime flying moths include six-spot burnet, silvery and the spectacular humming-bird hawkmoth.
Two years ago, as we judged her garden, she spoke to us about her having a 'humming bird' that came in to drink from the vast nectar source and I helped her identify it as a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum, that hovers over the flowers in the same way as humming birds do.
A few years ago, for example, they improved the survival of their hawkmoth caterpillars just by tightening up cleanliness in preparing the weekly lump of doughy caterpillar food.
For example, in Viola cazorlensis (Violaceae), variability of size and shape of corolla lobes within one population leads to significant differences in the dissection of flower outlines; the day-flying hawkmoth pollinator can distinguish those shape differences and discriminate in favor of more dissected corollas, leading to measurable differences in fruit production (Herrera, 1993).