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    Moths of the Sphingidae Family, The Gaudy Sphinx

    Around the world, some of the largest moths belong to the Sphingidae family. Sphingidae moths have long narrow wings and thick bodies that are covered in hairs. The fore-wings are much longer than the hind-wings. The hairy bodies are pointed at the head and back of the body. Because of their size and appearance, these moths are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds — they are sometimes called hummingbird moths. And like hummingbirds, these moths hover over flowers to consume nectar. Other names you will often hear used for these moths are hawk moths and even sphinx moths; this is because when the larvae feed among the leaves and branches of a…