sphinx moth


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sphinx moth

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sphinx moth

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(Animals) US and Canadian another name for the hawk moth

hawk′ moth`


n.
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.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.sphinx moth - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feedsphinx moth - 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 proboscis is a famous tool of this insect group, with some like the Morgan's Sphinx moth, or Darwin's moth, using its foot-long tongue to wiggle deep inside orchids.
We could call the father a sphinx moth lured to the boy's nectarless
The rustic sphinx moth Is recognized as a pollinator in the southeastern United States (Graham 2010).
The moth is large in size with a 4-inch-wide wingspan, brownish in color and called a hawk or sphinx moth.
When it emerges, it becomes a life-giving friend of the garden--a beautiful Sphinx moth.
An iridescent blue morpho butterfly hovers gracefully above the crimson seed-filled husk of a bursting pomegranate as a banded sphinx moth caterpillar makes its way along one of the plant's delicate stems.
Despite the fact that he had published On The Origin of Species just three years earlier, Darwin's claim was ridiculed until, 41 years later, the Sphinx moth was discovered.
Moths Two species of sphinx moth are listed, including the Kern primrose sphinx moth (Euprserpinus euterpe), which uses evening primrose plants (Camissonia sp.
Control breakouts of sphinx moth caterpillars with spray.
There's also the New Zealand Storm Petrel and the Long-Legged Warbler (both found in 2003), the Fabulous Green Sphinx Moth from Hawaii (1997), the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (2001), and the Bavarian Pine Vole (2000).