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With their stealth-bomber shape, sphinx moths rank among the fastest fliers in Lepidoptera—the insect order that includes moths and butterflies. This small-eyed sphinx (Paonias myops) has wings spanning just 1.5 to 3 inches (3.8 to 7 centimeters); some members of the Sphingidae family are much larger. Sphinx moths can make a lot of noise rustling around in the brush, collectors report. “You know they’re coming even before they zoom into the light.”




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