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or hawk moth  (hôk′môth′, -mŏth′)
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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In writing this, I was going over previous notes and found that last year was a spectacular year for a spectacular group of insects--the hawkmoths. 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).
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canjerana produce small amounts of nectar with a low sugar concentration, this nutritional level may be sufficient for moths, which have a low metabolism (compared to hawkmoths, for example) and can survive on small quantities of sugar.