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Hawk moths
Hummingbird hawk moth
Macroglossum stellatarum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
(unranked): Macrolepidoptera
Family: Sphingidae
Latreille, 1802
Type species
Sphinx ligustri
Linnaeus, 1758
Subfamilies

Macroglossinae
Smerinthinae
Sphinginae

Diversity
About 200 genera,
roughly 1,200 species

Sphingidae is a family of moths (Lepidoptera), commonly known as hawk moths, sphinx moths and hornworms, that includes about 1,200 species (Grimaldi & Engel, 2005). It is best represented in the tropics but there are species in every region (Scoble, 1995).

Species

There are around 1200 species of hawk moth, classified into around 200 genera. Some of the best known species are:


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