hawk moth

noun \ ˈhȯk-ˌmȯth \
variants: or hawkmoth
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of hawk moth

:any of a family (Sphingidae) of large, stout-bodied, swift-flying moths that are sometimes active during the day and have long, narrow, more or less pointed forewings, small hind wings, and a very long proboscis which at rest is kept coiled and are typically capable of hovering while feeding on the nectar of flowers
Note: Many hawk moths lack scales on their wings and are usually called clearwings . Because of a hornlike extension on their hind end, larvae of the hawk moth are often referred to as hornworms and include pests destructive to crops and ornamental plants.
called also sphinx moth

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1785


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