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

sphin′gid adj.
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(Animals) a hawk moth
(Animals) relating to or resembling a hawk moth
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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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Patterns of richness, composition, and distribution of sphingid moths along an elevational gradient in the Andes-Amazon region of southeastern Peru.
Concentrations of lowland sphingid and noctuid moths at high mountain passes in eastern Mexico.
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.
Nocturnal floral visitors include many moth species (sphingid, noctuid, and geometrid moths), while diurnal pollinators include honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, and some fly species (Altizer et al., 1998; Golonka, pers.
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.
Beutelspacher (1972), e.g., recorded a decrease in >50% of the sphingid fauna during 1939-1969.
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.
Mark Fleming, WMA Manager, reported to the authors that he found a single sphingid larva in his garden, and he identified the larva as Manduca quinquemaculata based on images he found on the World Wide Web.
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).