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Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Macroglossum stellatarum

Description:

Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.(in the pics, feeding on Salvia sp flowers)

Habitat:

These moths can be easily seen in gardens, parks, meadows, bushes and woodland edge, where the preferred food plants grow (Honeysuckle, Red Valerian and many others). The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates (southern Europe, North Africa, and points east). It is a strong flier, dispersing widely and can be found virtually anywhere in the hemisphere in the summer.

Notes:

Its visual abilities have been much studied, and it has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours.

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11 Comments

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 6 years ago

thank you again @Ashish Nimkar!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Good efforts Patricia... Nice spotting.... it must circled you once..... :)

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 6 years ago

A new photo uploaded!
as you can see, it leaves its proboscis long before the flower!
I think it's interesting!
(this is a little blurry ... sorry!)

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 6 years ago

THANK YOU ALL!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Good Series!

IrinaSh
IrinaSh 6 years ago

Красивый снимок!!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Great spotting! I especially like photo 3.

kendragarett190
kendragarett190 6 years ago

Great Photo! Very beautiful indeed.

Janice Parr
Janice Parr 6 years ago

Well done on getting these photos, these are a regular visitor to our garden here in Turkey, but I have never been able to get a decent photo.

PatriciaPi
PatriciaPi 6 years ago

yes! so sunny here!
so difficult to take the photo because of the velocity!
:)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Lovely Basking one....

PatriciaPi
Spotted by
PatriciaPi

Jalón/Xaló, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Lat: 38.72, Long: -0.01

Spotted on Oct 11, 2012
Submitted on Oct 11, 2012

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