Sphingidae

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Noun1.Sphingidae - hawkmoths
arthropod family - any of the arthropods
Lepidoptera, order Lepidoptera - moths and butterflies
hawk moth, hawkmoth, hummingbird moth, sphingid, sphinx moth - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
genus Manduca, Manduca - moths whose larvae are tobacco hornworms or tomato hornworms
Acherontia, genus Acherontia - death's-head moth
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Staff at Conwy Butterfly Jungle received so many calls that they investigated and confirmed the insects as Poplar Hawk Moths.
BY day, you're most likely to see hummingbird hawk moths and vapourer moths.
If I sit still, the shy hawk moths flutter by for a visit.
Fastest: The top maintainable speed of any insect is 24 mph by the deer bot-fly, hawk moths, horse flies and some tropical butterflies.
They came to the conclusion that the species' natural pollinators, hawk moths of the family Sphingidae, were not visiting the orchids at this site.
In one particularly disturbing scene, Rylance's character introduces Kensit to hawk moths, large furry creatures.
HUMMINGBIRD hawk moths have been a regular sight at the National Wildflower Centre, at Court Hey Park, according to Landlife's John Chester.
The study showed that the warmer summer attracted unusual moth visitors and highlighted the discovery of large numbers of the spectacular hawk moths.
Internet sites show that they are elephant hawk moths, and disappointingly they are quite common, although like Bob I have never seen one before.
Heavy frosts are the reasons why hummingbird hawk moths and other exotics cannot survive this far north in larvae form,only visiting us as summer migrants.
My son Josh and I love wildlife, but even we tired a little after an evening chasing out bats and shooing hawk moths and all manner of peculiar long-legged insects off the telly screen.
Tim Jenkins said: "In ancient times, they were seen as a symbol of war or disease and in more recent times have gained cult status as the insect stars in The Silence of the Lambs where the pupa of the hawk moths were placed in the dead victims' throats by an evil serial killer.