hawk moth

noun
any of numerous moths of the family Sphingidae, noted for their very swift flight and ability to hover while sipping nectar from flowers.


Origin:
1775–85

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hawk moth
 
n
See also death's-head moth sphinx moth, Also called: hummingbird moth any of various moths of the family Sphingidae, having long narrow wings and powerful flight, with the ability to hover over flowers when feeding from the nectar

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Example sentences
By the end of the presentation the hawk moth caterpillars had devoured the
  leafy spurge stems and leaves.
The plant's luminous flowers and powerful night fragrance attract its primary
  pollinator, a nocturnal hawk moth.
The adult of the tomato hornworm is the five-spotted hawk moth.
It attracts few insects except the hawk moth which comes at dusk to sip nectar
  with its long tongue.
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