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#381058 06/20/10 10:15 AM
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My Russian friends say this is probably a Sphinx (hawkmoth) family, that really only narrows it down a little.
Some hawk moths, like the hummingbird hawk moth, hover in midair while they feed on nectar from flowers and are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds. This hovering capability has evolved only three times in nectar feeders: in hummingbirds, certain bats, and these sphingids.
an example of convergent evolution ....if you know what that is :-) That's the 'Looks like a Duck Quacks like a Duck, swims like a Duck but is not a Duck theory.


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Oh and I shot this today, Sunday morning. They for some reason, probably weather, came to the front of the island from the lagoon side last night.
Darwin had a concept of co-evolved. Orchids which have nectar spurs over a foot long, would be pollinated by hawk moths with tongues long enough to reach the sweet liquid inside the flowers. Hawk moths were discovered with tongues that matched the orchids' nectar spurs.


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Fascinating!


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