A large swift-flying moth with a stout body and narrow forewings, typically feeding on nectar while hovering. Also called sphinx. See also hornworm.
- Family Sphingidae: several genera and many species.
- Most hawkmoths feed while hovering in front of flowers and use visual cues to control hovering flight.
- Colour vision in humans and honeybees is restricted to brighter light intensities than those accessible to nocturnal hawkmoths.
- Under limited light, similar to that of late dusk, Kelber and her colleagues trained sixteen hawkmoths to find the sugar solution placed in the centers of artificial flowers.
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Syllabification: hawk moth
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