CELEBRATING MOTH WEEK - July 20th-28th, 2013

Representatives of the major moth families/subfamilies of Yunnan, China


(Hawk Moths, Sphinx Moths)

See more about Moth Week HERE…..

The Sphingidae are a family of readily recognizable moths commonly known as hawk moths, sphinx moths, and hornworms; it includes about 1,450 species. It is best represented in the tropics, but species are found in every region. They are moderate to large in size and are distinguished among moths for their rapid, sustained flying ability and the hovering ability of some species. Their narrow wings and streamlined abdomens are adaptations for rapid flight. In fact, Sphingids are some of the fastest flying insects; some are capable of flying at over 5.3 m/sec (12 miles per hour).

Main image: Hawk Moth (Macroglossum mitchellii imperator, Sphingidae)
Small images (links to Flickr for full size view)
Images numbered from left to right, top to bottom:
1. Hawk Moth (Cechenena aegrota, Macroglossinae, Sphingidae),
2. Hawk Moth (Ampelophaga khasiana, Sphingidae),
3. Hawk Moth (Smerinthulus perversa perversa, Smerinthinae, Sphingidae), male,
4. Hawk Moth (Callambulyx diehli, Smerinthinae, Sphingidae),
5. Hawk Moth (Parum colligata, Smerinthinae, Sphingidae),
6. Hawk Moth (Cypa enodis, Smerinthinae, Sphingidae),
7. Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum pyrrhosticta, Macroglossinae),
8. Hawk Moth (Elibia dolichoides, Macroglossinae, Sphingidae),
9. Hawk Moth (Phyllosphingia dissimilis perundulans, Sphingidae),
10. Hawk Moth (Eupanacra mydon, Sphingidae),
11. Hawk Moth (Ambulyx liturata, Sphingidae),
12. Hawk Moth (Theretra clotho, Sphingidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

Check out previous posts featuring the Sphingidae on SINOBUG:

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..
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