Hawk Moths

By William T. Hathaway

Hawk Moths

Hawk Moths, also known as Sphinx Moths, are described in various literature as having robust bodies with a tapering abdomen. Their narrow wings are often colorfully patterned. The rapidly beating wings in flight resemble those of a hummingbird and may cause a casual observer to think just that.

One of our larger hawk moths, the Rustic Sphinx, with a wingspan of 6 inches or slightly more, has been nicknamed “salt and pepper” by our local collectors (top photo).

The Pink-spotted Hawk Moth with a wingspan slightly less than 6 inches is one moth that has been enthusiastically sought by most collectors due to its apparent rarity in the local area.

To some business advocates it may be inexplicable why someone would fool around with such a nonprofit undertaking as moth collecting!