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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 narrow-bordered bee hawkmoth was previously found on 12 sites across Wales, but four new sites have been discovered this year, including Cwm Cadlan National Nature Reserve in the Brecon Beacons.
Sticking with insects, Alan Watts has spotted an impressive elephant hawkmoth on a tomato leaf in his greenhouse.
There are 10 species of Hawkmoth with glorious names such as Death's head and Small Elephant.
Is the salience of a sensory modality fixed or determined by the environment in a crepuscular-nocturnal hawkmoth? William L.
In movies, he tried to discover a new language, shooting unconventionally.This year, he planned to publish a new novel and start filming his novelette Ema a Smrtihlav (Ema and the Death's-Head Hawkmoth) with cinematographer Martin Strba, who just recently received the national film award Sun in a Net.
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).
Ellington, "The mechanics of flight in the hawkmoth Manduca sexta.
There were pink and olive elephant hawkmoths; a pine hawkmoth, feathered and ashy; a buff arches, patterned and gilded like the back of a barn owl; flame moths in polished brass; the yellow kites of swallow-tailed moths; common emeralds the colour of a northern sea, with streaks of foam; grey daggers; a pebble prominent; heart and darts; coronets; riband waves; willow beauties; an elder pearl; small magpie; double-striped pug; rosy tabby.
Unusual moths from Europe including the scarce silver-striped hawk-moth and Radford's flame shoulder have been seen in recent days, along with immigrant species such as the convolvulus hawkmoth and the humming-bird hawkmoth.
Shape matters: corolla curvature improves nectar discovery in the hawkmoth Manduca sexta.
Spatial and temporal patterns of floral scent emission in Dianthus inoxianus and electroantennographic responses of its hawkmoth pollinator.
Rydw i'n ddiolchgar tu hwnt i Gwyn Jones, Edern am ysgrifennu ata i gan amgau erthygl wnaeth ymddangos yn y Daily Post ar 15 Awst 2003 am lindys gwalch-wyfyn y benglog (Acherotina atropos; Death's Head Hawkmoth).