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Definition of sphinx moth

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Definition as written by naturepatch:

Adult moth form of the tomato hornworm. Looks like a cross between a bumble bee and a hummingbird.

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Definition as written by Monocromatico:

It's usually a nocturnal moth, with relatively short wings and tough body, and a "tail" that ressembles a humminbird's tail, used to balance the body while soaring in front of a flower.

These moths, as mentioned, are capable of soaring and flying backwards. They rarely land on a flower to get the nectar. They have an extraordinarily long proboscys which lets them reach the nectar from a long distance. I witnessed a few of them feeding from cacti flower, getting rid of the spines by soaring away from them and sucking the nectar with very long proboscys.

Definition as written by DonnaB:

Banded Sphinx Moth- Eumorpha fasciata

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Banded Sphinx Moth

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Banded Sphinx Moth

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Mournful Sphinx Moth- Enyo lugubris

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Mournful Sphinx Moth

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Pandorus Sphinx Moth- Eumorpha pandorus

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Pandorus Sphinx Moth

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Pandorus Sphinx Moth

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Pandorus Sphinx Moth

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Tersa Sphinx Moth- Xylophanes tersa

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Tersa Sphinx Moth

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Definition as written by DonnaB:

Tersa Sphinx Moth

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