Definition of hawkmoth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːkmɒθ/


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A large swift-flying moth with a stout body and narrow forewings, typically feeding on nectar while hovering.
  • Family Sphingidae: several genera and many species.
Example sentences
  • 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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