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Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Macroglossum stellatarum


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)


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.


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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PatriciaPi 7 years ago

thank you again @Ashish Nimkar!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

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

PatriciaPi 7 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 7 years ago


alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Good Series!

IrinaSh 7 years ago

Красивый снимок!!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Great spotting! I especially like photo 3.

kendragarett190 7 years ago

Great Photo! Very beautiful indeed.

Janice Parr
Janice Parr 7 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 7 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Lovely Basking one....

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Jalón/Xaló, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

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

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