hummingbird moth

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Synonyms for hummingbird moth

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

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CREEPY CRAWLIES: Caterpillar photographed by David Mitchell BEAUTIFUL INSECT: David Hawley's photo of a hummingbird moth
A hummingbird moth hovers and hovers at a woman wearing a cochineal-dyed flowery dress.
Certain species that feed during daylight hours are nicknamed hummingbird moths because they are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds as they zoom from flower to flower.
Bats darted here and there, eating bugs, and hummingbird moths flitted softly among the velvet petals of my mother's petunias, dimly visible by the yard light.
I wonder about the statement that hummingbird moths "don't stir into action until the sun warms their wing muscles" ["Natural Gardening," April/May 2001].
The caterpillars of monarch butterflies and tiger milkweed moths can be found feeding on leaves, while swallowtail butterflies and hummingbird moths sip nectar from the sweet-scented flowers, and honeybees fly off with pollen sacs snagged on their hind legs.