hawk moth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hawk moth any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a certain type of Hawk Moth caterpillar from Brazil that inflates its thorax, which makes its head look like a head of a snake when it feels it is in danger or alarmed
    • Hawk moth mŏth` (Zoöl) Any moth of the family Sphingidæ, of which there are numerous genera and species. They are large, handsome moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed. They fly mostly at twilight and hover about flowers like a humming bird, sucking the honey by means of a long, slender proboscis. The larvæ are large, hairless caterpillars ornamented with green and other bright colors, and often with a caudal spine. See Sphinx, also Tobacco worm, and Tomato worm.☞ The larvæ of several species of hawk moths feed on grapevines. The elm-tree hawk moth is Ceratomia Amyntor .
    • Hawk moth (Zoöl) See Hawk moth, in the Vocabulary.
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Usage

In literature:

The buzzard hawk having seen them move, quivered his wings like a moth's, and deserted that plane of air.
"The Patrician" by John Galsworthy
In striking contrast to this serio-comic strife of the sparrow and the moth, is he pigeon hawk's pursuit of the sparrow or the goldfinch.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
He learns to hawk for moths and other flying insects.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
Big hawk-moths, swift and sudden, darted by him with owl-like wings.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
There is a hawk-moth over the pinks which resembles nothing we have seen yet!
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
Seven species only of the larger moths have any blue; of these, four are hairy, the other three are Hawk-moths.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
Snake, Squash, Moth, Crane, Hawk, Mescal cake, Katcina, one each.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
Wings of humming-bird hawk moth, 157.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
A caterpillar, the Spurge Hawk-moth's, will take us a little farther.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
In striking contrast to this serio-comic strife of the Sparrow and the Moth, is the Pigeon-Hawk's pursuit of the Sparrow or the Goldfinch.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
THE DEATH'S-HEAD HAWK MOTH 205 98.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
The Hawk-Moths are acquainted with nearly everybody and are great society people.
"Among the Night People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
In striking contrast to this serio-comic strife of the sparrow and the moth, is the pigeon-hawk's pursuit of the sparrow or the goldfinch.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Hawk-moths are large insects, and have great power of flight; their caterpillars are large and voracious.
"American Pomology" by J. A. Warder
A large dark moth hawked to and fro above my head.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
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In news:

Brain Imaging, Dolphins, Constants, Hawk Moth Video.
To feed, the hawk moth unrolls a long proboscis, sticks it in a flower like a straw, and slurps up nectar.
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