One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large swift-flying moth with a stout body and narrow forewings, typically feeding on nectar while hovering.
Family Sphingidae: several genera and many species
- ‘Most hawkmoths feed while hovering in front of flowers and use visual cues to control hovering flight.’
- ‘Even in dim starlight, however, nocturnal hawkmoths use chromatic cues rather than achromatic cues to recognize rewarding flowers.’
- ‘Colour vision in humans and honeybees is restricted to brighter light intensities than those accessible to nocturnal hawkmoths.’
- ‘Under limited light, similar to that of late dusk, Kelber and her colleagues trained sixteen hawkmoths to find the sugar solution placed in the centers of artificial flowers.’
- ‘Hawkmoths searching for alluring odors respond to leaf fragrances as well as to those of flowers.’
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