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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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In this country fellow-travellers include red admirals, two or three species of clouded yellow butterflies, and silver-Y and humming-bird hawk moths.
By investigating the common features of different species--bats, swallows, hawk moths and bees--the AIRFOILS team hopes to isolate the keys for agile flight.
The caterpillars are large and range from a dull brown to a pinkish beige - and they have the identifying hook of hawk moths at the tail end.
The clue is right there - they are hummingbird hawk moths or Macroglossum stellatarum if you want to impress
In their study, the researchers flew hawk moths through a number of different whirlwind conditions in a vortex chamber, carefully examining the mechanisms that the hawk moths used to successfully regain flight control.
In Britain, there are 60 species of butterfly, compared to more than 2,000 species of moth - the huge variety making moths an attractive option for wildlife spotters, with striking species such as hawk moths, and hundreds more with intricate patterns and markings.
So far this year there have been three North East sightings of hummingbird hawk moths, one in Wallsend, one in South Shields and one near Chester-le-Street.
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.
Also called hawk moths, sphinx moths are spectacular fast-flying moths with large heavy bodies and narrow wings.
If I sit still, the shy hawk moths flutter by for a visit.