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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 09, 2021

Hawk Moth: 21 Facts You Won't Believe!

Read in some interesting hawk moth facts

In this very article, we shall be discussing a magnificent creation of nature. We shall be discussing the hawk moth whose habitat ranges from north to south of the globe. They can be commonly found in the countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. It is found in studies that there are around 1450 species of moths from the Sphingidae family that inhabits the Earth. The hawk moth species are herbivores who can be seen in flight around flowering plants in search of nectar for feeding. The hawk moth species grow to an average size of 3-5 in (7-12 cm) with an amazing wingspan of around 2-7.8 in (5-20 cm). They have a very lightweight body with amazing color patterns. The dorsal body is quite vibrant and has innovative and attractive patterns on it but the ventral body is quite dull looking. They have two thin antennas on their head and have thin legs.

Hope you liked this small read! Now further in the article, we have in store for you some interesting and funny facts about the hawk moth. And I believe you will love them for sure.

And just like the hawk moth facts, if you like reading random insect facts then do check out our luna moth facts and horntail wasp facts.

Hawk Moth Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a hawk moth?

The hawk moth is a type of insect barely some inches long that can be found commonly in the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

What class of animal does a hawk moth belong to?

The hawk moth belongs to the class Insecta, order Lepidoptera, family Sphingidae, and genus Agrius. And the scientific name of this insect is Agrius convolvuli. Some other hawk moth species who are related to the same family and order are the hummingbird hawk moth, the five spotted hawk moth and the bee hawk moth.

How many hawk moths are there in the world?

Population distribution of the hawk moth species is good across most of the continents. It is studied that there are more than 1450 species of hawk moths available in the Sphingidae family. So counting their population and figuring out a number is impossible.

Where does a hawk moth live?

A hawk moth can be seen flying from flowers to flowers in search of food (nectar). These Sphingidae moths basically live in trees and plants. They also lay their eggs in those plants

What is a hawk moth's habitat?

With a good population distribution, hawk moths can be found in their natural habitats in both northern and southern parts of the globe. They are scattered on almost all continents. From Europe in the north to Australia and Africa in the south and Asia in the middle, they can be easily spotted there.

Who does hawk moth live with?

There is no exact information available about who they live with. But most of the time, they are seen flying alone from flowers to flowers for feeding. They are not colonial insects like the honey bee or leafcutter ant.

How long does a hawk moth live?

The hawk moth doesn't live for a very long time. Their life span is estimated between 10-30 days.

How do they reproduce?

Hawk moths are multivoltine insects that give rise to multiple generations in a year. After their emergence in the form of a moth, the male and female hawk moths indulge in mating. After mating, adult female moths lay their eggs on the leaf surface of the host plants. Females lay around 100 eggs (litter size) in a season. Those eggs turn into caterpillars. Caterpillars tend to pupate themselves and after a certain time, hawk moths break out of the pupate stage to become the magnificent insects they are.

Hawk moth caterpillars are around 3.5 in (9 cm) long and their pupa is around 2 in (5 cm) long.

What is their conservation status?

Hawk moth species have not been provided any conservation status tag. They can be commonly found across the globe. Their population is doing well in this world.

Hawk Moth Fun Facts

What does hawk moth look like?

The hawk moth is a common moth species that can be spotted in its natural habitats across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. These moth species are some inches long. They have a dark body color mainly brown. The dorsal body is quite bright and has interesting patterns on it. The upper body has shades of black, brown, and gray which seems very interesting. While the lower body is of mostly brown color and that too quite pale. Hawk moth species have quite large wings compared to their body. Their wingspan is magnificent and beautiful. They have a wingspan range of 2-7.8 in (5-20 cm). They have narrow antennas present on their head and have thin legs.

Hawk moths have beautiful wingspan which is one of their great features

How cute are they?

Hawk moths aren't that cute. Moths are not like butterflies. Hawk moth seems very elegant but only when you are watching it from far.

How do they communicate?

Hawk moth communicates by releasing pheromones which signal others of their presence. Recent studies have recorded that moths can communicate through ultrasounds as well.

How big is a hawk moth?

An adult hawk moth can grow up to a range of 3-5 in (7-12 cm) with a negligible amount of weight. They can be seen buzzing around food plants during dawn and dusk. They are around 10 times bigger than a fly.

How fast can a hawk moth fly?

Hawk moth adults are some inches long and have a negligible amount of weight. Hence they can fly fast in the air. Their estimated flight speed is 12 mph (19 kph).

How much does a hawk moth weigh?

Hawk moth adults have a negligible amount of weight

What are the male and female names of the species?

Hawk moth species have no separate names. Females being a bit larger in size.

What would you call a baby hawk moth?

Larvae, caterpillar,s and pupa are hawk moths' baby stages. Though baby insects are commonly called nymphs.

What do they eat?

Hawk moths primarily feed on nectar. These moths can be seen in flight around flowering (food) plants in search of nectar.

Are they poisonous?

No, hawk moth species are not poisonous. They are not evil and cause no harm to humans.

Would they make a good pet?

No, a hawk moth can't be a good pet.

Did you know...

Hawk moth is very attracted to light. And that's why at night time they often get crushed by cars and other vehicles.

There is species of hawk moth known as the death's head hawk moth who invade the beehive and steal honey. They have a hard cuticle and thick skin which makes them sting proof to some extent. When they enter the beehive they release a bee-like scent smelling which bees don't attack them anymore making it easier for them to steal honey.

How long is the caterpillar stage of hawk moth?

Female moths lay their smooth greenish eggs on the host plant surface. Within 21 days from the eggs been laid, the caterpillars emerge. The hawk moth caterpillars are herbivorous and feed on leaves and vegetables.

Are hawk moths invasive?

No, hawk moths are neither invasive nor destructive and need no control. But at the same time hawk moth aren't beneficial also as they don't pollinate.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other animals from our stripe necked mongoose facts and numbat facts page.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable hawk moth coloring page.

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