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Hummingbird hawk-moth

Macroglossum stellatarum

Description:

The hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is a species of moth in Sphingidae family. The hummingbird hawk-moth is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but it breeds mainly in warmer climates (southern Europe, North Africa, and points east). Macroglossum stellatarum is very common in Greece, and the pictured moth was one of the hundreds of its species, feeding on several kinds of flowers, blooming in the grounds of Skiros palace hotel, Skyros island, Greece



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6 Comments

DespinaTsafetopoulou
DespinaTsafetopoulou 7 months ago

Several more species from Skyros island, will be posted soon! So glad you like them, dear Daniele! Happy new year!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 months ago

More from Skyros! I too have never seen one at rest. Great series of images Despina. Happy New Year!

DespinaTsafetopoulou
DespinaTsafetopoulou 7 months ago

Dear Michael Strydom, the species is not nocturnal, but when they want to rest, they look for a shady place to hide. If disturbed, they fly away pretty fast!

DespinaTsafetopoulou
DespinaTsafetopoulou 7 months ago

Dear Neil Ross, it's a very common species in Greece! You can find them everywhere, and they are not nocturnal at all!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 7 months ago

Great Spotting! I have never seen them at rest before!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

I would love to see one of these moths. So amazing. Great spotting, Despina.

Θεσσαλία - Στερεά Ελλάδα, Greece

Lat: 38.93, Long: 24.57

Spotted on Sep 9, 2018
Submitted on Dec 31, 2018

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