Hawkmoths are very fast, powerful fliers. To do so requires lots of energy, and nectar, the sugary-liquid produced in flowers provided lots. The problem is, how do you get the nectar out of the bottom of deep flowers? If you look closely, you will see the long tongue is almost as long as the body. The tip is curled up into a coil on the left side. When not feeding, the moth keeps the tongue coiled up.