Definition of hawkmoth in English:


Line breaks: hawk|moth
Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːkmɒθ


  • 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
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    • 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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