Sphingidae

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Hawk moths
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Hummingbird hawk moth
Macroglossum stellatarum
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Sphingidae

Type species
Sphinx ligustri
Subfamilies

Macroglossinae
Smerinthinae
Sphinginae

Diversity
About 200 genera,
roughly 1,200 species

Sphingidae is a family of moths (Lepidoptera), commonly known as hawk moths, sphinx moths and hornworms, that includes about 1,200 species (Grimaldi & Engel, 2005). It is best represented in the tropics but there are species in every region (Scoble, 1995).

Species[change | change source]

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