Definitions of hawkmoth

n any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed

hawk moth, hummingbird moth, sphingid, sphinx moth
Manduca sexta
moth whose larvae are tobacco hornworms
Manduca quinquemaculata
moth whose larvae are tomato hornworms
Acherontia atropos, death's-head moth
European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skull
Type of:
typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae

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