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Hummingbird Hawk-Moth; Esfinge Colibrí

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. The resemblance to hummingbirds is an example of convergent evolution. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths. Its visual abilities have been much studied, and it has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours.

Habitat:

Backyard garden. El Espinar

Notes:

Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec.; f/22; ISO Speed Rating: 4500. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired. DSC_3125, 3121, 3114

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arlanda
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arlanda

Castilla y León, Spain

Lat: 40.71, Long: -4.24

Spotted on Jul 18, 2018
Submitted on Nov 7, 2018

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