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Any moth of the family Sphingidæ, of which there are numerousgenera and species. They are large, handsome moths, which fly mostlyat twilight and hover about flowers like a humming bird, sucking thehoney by means of a long, slender proboscis. The larvæ are large,hairless caterpillars ornamented with green and other bright colors,and often with a caudal spine. See Sphinx, also Tobacco worm, andTomato worm. Tobacco Hawk Moth (Macrosila Carolina), and its Larva,the Tobacco Worm.