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Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Macroglossum stellatarum


Small dayflying moth, measuring about 50 mm. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by a humming noise, make it look like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.


Gardens, parks, meadows, bushes, woodland edge.


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

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Annelies 6 years ago

Thank you Marta! I did take a lot of pictures with just the flowers on it, it was such a speedy little fellow :-p

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Very beautiful, Lizzy! I know how hard it is to take pics of these guys because they constantly move from one flower to another. Just when you focus on them, away they go! :-)

Annelies 6 years ago

Thank you! It wasn't easy indeed, I just took a lot of pictures until I got a good one :D

SamanAnsari 6 years ago

Well shot!! This moth is so difficult to capture yet you have done an amazing job!! :D

Annelies 6 years ago

Thank you! My pleasure ^_^

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Stunning photos Lizzy! Thank you for sharing :)

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Kärnten, Austria

Spotted on Jul 20, 2014
Submitted on Jul 21, 2014

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