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Sphinx moths

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Description

These moths, with a wingspan of 3 to 20 cm, have stocky bodies and long, colourful aerodynamic wings. They have powerful muscles for flying and beat their wings very rapidly.

Several species have a long proboscis that they use to suck up nectar from flowers with deep corollas.

Some sphinx moths have no scales on part of their wings, and resemble large bumble bees.

Life cycle

Sphinx moth eggs are flattened. The caterpillar usually has a “horn” at the tip of the abdomen, and diagonal slashes around the body. Pupation often takes place below the soil surface or in leaf litter, and sometimes in a silk cocoon.

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