Sphingidae of MTCF

 

The hummingbirds of the night they are called. Sphinx Moths. Strong fliers that hover like hummingbirds and feed on tubular flowers. Instead of modified beaks Sphinx moths have modified tongues that uncurl when feeding on nectar.

The Sphinx moths shown here were all collected at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest during the past year.  The diversity is impressive and the collection far from complete.

A gallery of all the species seen to date is here

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