hawk moth definition

  • noun:
    • Any moth of this family Sphingidae.
    • See hawk-moth, in the Vocabulary.
    • A nocturnal lepidopterous or heterocerous insect of the family Sphingidæ, in a broad sense; a sphinx-moth or sphinx: so called from the mode of flight, which is likened to the hovering or “wind-hovering” of a hawk. The species are numerous, and are referred to several modern families and many genera.
    • some of numerous moths with long slim forewings with the capacity of powerful flight and hovering over blossoms to feed
    • any of various moths with long narrow forewings with the capacity of powerful flight and hovering over blossoms to give
  • others:
    • Any moth of this family members Sphingidæ, that you'll find so many genera and species. They are huge, handsome moths with lengthy thin forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over blossoms to feed. They fly mainly at twilight and hover about plants like a humming bird, drawing the honey in the shape of a long, slim proboscis. The larvæ tend to be large, hairless caterpillars ornamented with green also bright colors, and frequently with a caudal spine. See sphinx, additionally Tobacco worm, and Tomato worm.

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