sphinx moth

Definitions

  • The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth
    The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sphinx 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
    • Sphinx moth (Zoöl) Same as Sphinx, 3.
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Usage

In literature:

Because at dusk, when sphinx moths, large and small, begin to fly, the primrose's special benefactors are abroad.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
The Sphinx moth has a musky odor which is confined to the male and is doubtless sexual.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
He found her at last by the herbacious border, keeping touch with the flight of a sphinx-head moth along the tall white rockets of phlox.
"The Lovely Lady" by Mary Austin
The sphinx-moth again, one of the lesser of the group.
"My Studio Neighbors" by William Hamilton Gibson
The moths of this family are known as the Sphinx Moths.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas
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In poetry:

Now with a humming from the greening skies,
Sphinx moths with course set true,
Shoot forth, torpedoes with a spinning screw,
And bulbous lantern eyes;
"Moths" by Dorothy Violet Wellesley

In news:

National Moth Week guide and moth expert Ryan St Laurent, a recent Narragansett High grad who's heading for Cornell, pointing out a pine sphinx caterpillar.
Sphinx Moth, part of Patty Trimble's 'Vanishing California' exhibit at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes.
DAWSON — American agriculture took a positive turn in August 1921, when Lt John A Macready sailed over an Ohio catalpa grove to dump a load of powdered lead arsenate on invading Catalpa Sphinx Moths.
These two belong to a group known as the sphinx moths and they mimic hummingbirds in shape, size and behavior.
Hummingbird clearwing, also known as hummingbird sphinx moth.
Laura Marble/The Explorer The sphinx moth caterpillar is one of many animals at home in an ironwood forest habitat.
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