Sphingidae

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Hawk moths
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Hummingbird hawk-moth
Macroglossum stellatarum
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Sphingidae
Subfamilies

Macroglossinae
Smerinthinae
Sphinginae

Sphingidae is a family of moths (Lepidoptera), commonly known as hawk moths, sphinx moths and hornworms. It includes about 1,450 species.[1] It is best represented in the tropics but there are species in every region.[2]

They can fly fast, and their wings can be linked by wing coupling. They can hover, and can move from side to side while hovering. This may be to deal with ambush predators that lie in wait in flowers.[3]

Species[change | change source]

There are around 1200 species of hawk moth, classified into around 200 genera. Some of the best known species are:

References[change | change source]

  1. van Nieukerken (2011). "Order Lepidoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness". Zootaxa 3148: 212–221. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3148.1.41. http://mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/zt03148p221.pdf. 
  2. Scoble, Malcolm J. (1995): The Lepidoptera: form, function and diversity. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press & Natural History Museum London. ISBN 0-19-854952-0
  3. Kitching, Ian J (2002). "The phylogenetic relationships of Morgan's Sphinx, Xanthopan morganii (Walker), the tribe Acherontiini, and allied long-tongued hawkmoths (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae, Sphinginae)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 135 (4): 471–527. doi:10.1046/j.1096-3642.2002.00021.x.