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[From New Latin Sphingidae, family name, from Sphinx, type genus, from Latin, sphinx; see sphinx.]

sphin′gid adj.


(Animals) a hawk moth
(Animals) relating to or resembling a hawk moth

hawk′ moth`

any of numerous moths of the family Sphingidae, noted for their swift flight and ability to hover while sipping nectar from flowers. Also called sphingid , sphinx moth.
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Noun1.sphingid - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feedsphingid - 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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This non-ornithophilous species were further divided into mellitophilous (flowers adapted for bee pollination), sphingophilous (flowers adapted for sphingid pollination) and chiropterophilous (flowers adapted for bat pollination) species, according to the floral characteristics described by Faegri and Pijl (1980), and entomophilous, which is a species that can be pollinated by insects of two or more taxonomic groups.
Hietz & Hietz-Seifert (1994) suggest sphingid moths as the most likely visitors, because of their long spreading stamina and pistil exerted from an open actinomorphic flower.
Likewise, sphingid caterpillars represent 70% of the biomass fed by trogons, Trogon elegans, to their nestlings, and 98% of the sphingid prey were the last (largest) instar (Janzen 1993).
After his death, a sphingid (Sphinx) moth with such a tongue was discovered.
Instantaneous measurements of oxygen consumption during pre-flight warm-up and post-flight cooling in sphingid and saturniid moths.
With regard to the following list of taxa, the sphingid scientific and common names follow the MONA fasicle 21 (Hodges 1971).
Although this appeared to be the sole host plant of most of the caterpillars, the sphingid Erinnyis ello was reported to feed upon three or more latex-rich tree species (Janzen, 1988).
Pollen is moved by sphingid moths, honeybees, and bumblebees (Sharma 1972; Grant and Grant 1983; Motten and Antonovics 1992; A.
The strong-flying sphingid moths (Myles lineata and Manduca quinquimaculata) probably were captured on the ground before flying while warming up their wing muscles by a series of rapid vibrations.
With the exception of the wings of certain satyrid and ithomiid butterflies and sphingid moths (e.