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Species: D. repens

Goldfinch or violeteira is an ornamental plant native to Mexico widely used for landscaping. This plant is a woody shrub of dense greenish-yellow ragweed, which is more exuberant in color if exposed to full sun. It produces small yellow fruits in autumn that attract the birds. It is used very little in the cultivation of bonsai.

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Scientific Name: Duranta repens

Synonymy: Duranta plumieri, Duranta erecta ​​p>

Popular name: Violeteira, duranta, fruit-de-jacu, durancia

Family: Verbenaceae

Division: Angiospermae

Origin: Central and South America

Life Cycle: Perennial

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A very floriferous shrub, that easily reaches the arboreal size, between 3 to 6 meters of height. Its branches are very branched, which makes it suitable for the formation of live fences. The violet leaves are small, soft and with serrate edges; Are green in the typical species, but may be variegated or golden, as in the gold-eared variety.

Long and somewhat pendulous inflorescences contain numerous flowers that may be purple, blue or white . The violeteira is an excellent plant for topiary, mainly for the beginners, because it presents rapid growth. After flowering, which is intense in spring and summer, produces spherical fruits, small and yellow, much appreciated by birds.

Sphingidae, a text, in english,

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For a complete species list of this family, see the Sphingidae species list. Hummingbird hawk mothMacroglossum stellatarum

Hummingbird hawk moth

About 200 genera,

roughly 1,200 species

Sphingidae is a family of Moths (Lepidoptera), commonly known as hawk moths, sphinx moths and hornworms, that includes about 1,200 species (Grimaldi & Engel, 2005). It is best represented in the tropics but there are species in every region (Scoble, 1995). They are moderate to large in size and are distinguished among moths for their rapid, sustained flying ability (Scoble, 1995). The narrow wings and streamlined abdomen are clearly [citation needed] adaptations for rapid flight.

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 (Kitching, 2002) (an example of convergent evolution). Sphingids have been much studied for their flying ability, especially their ability to move rapidly from side to side while hovering, called 'swing-hovering.' It is thought that this evolved to deal with ambush predators that lie in wait in flowers (Kitching, 2002).

Sphingids are some of the fastest flying insects, capable of flying at over 50 km / h Thousands per hour) [citation needed]. They have a wingspan of 35-150 mm.

They are hairy like bees, but they have the long moth proboscis, they do not collect pollen, their wings are much bigger than bees, etc. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders has a photo of a related species, the Hummingbird Moth, Hemaris thysbe. "The Hummingbird Moth." The White-lined sphinx moth moth "The Hummingbird Moth". Technically, only two members of the Sphingidae family actually include the word "Hummingbird" in the common name: Hemaris Thysbe - the "Hummingbird Clearwing" and Macroglossum stellatarum - the "Hummingbird Hawk Moth". But on a more realistic note, it is also uncommon to hear all moths in family Sphingidae called "Hummingbird Moths". This is due to their common characteristic of feeding while hovering.

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