(Answer) Although this elephant hawk-moth is named for a bird of prey, which bird does it copy when it feeds?

[7-23-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz Question: Although this elephant hawk-moth is named for a bird of prey, which bird does it copy when it feeds?

The given options are:

  • Hummingbird
  • Warbler
  • Woodpecker

Correct Answer: Hummingbird

Info: Deilephila elpenor, the elephant hawk moth or large elephant hawk moth, is a moth in the family Sphingidae. It is most common in central Europe and is distributed throughout the Palearctic region. Its distinct olive and pink coloring make it one of the most recognizable moths in its range. These moths are nocturnal and feed on flowers that open or produce nectar at nighttime. The elephant hawk moth has sensitive eyes that allow it to see color even in low light. The moth is also known for its hovering capability, which it utilizes when feeding on nectar from flowers. The moths also have an essential role as pollinators throughout their habitat. The elephant hawk-moth burns thousands of calories, flapping its wings and hovering to suck nectar from tasty flowers, just like a hummingbird. (Ref)
(Curious about the ‘elephant’ part of its name? Well, the moth starts as a caterpillar that’s thought to resemble an elephant’s trunk.)


All three questions from today’s Bing Homepage Quiz are below. You can find their answers by visiting those pages.

  1. Although this elephant hawk-moth is named for a bird of prey, which bird does it copy when it feeds?
  2. Many moths have antennae shaped like what?
  3. What luxury material is produced by moths?

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