Sphinx Moth

Sphinx Moth

Common Name: Sphinx Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Sphingidae

Sphinx moths are also known as hummingbird moths for their ability to hover in front of flowers and sip the sweet nectar. The humming noise made by the rapid beating of wings along with an extremely long proboscis tongue increases the similarity with hummingbirds. Caterpillars of this group are known as hornworms because of sinister looking barb on the rear. A European species called the Death’s Head Sphinx moth played a role in the book Silence of the Lambs.