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Bee Hawk Moth

Sphingidae Sp.

Description:

A green and brown huge moth seen near my garden. First two shots are of night from the mosquito net and the next 2 shots are of the flying moth when they were flying around for nectar. Very active moths. They are moderate to large in size and are distinguished among moths for their rapid, sustained flying ability. Some hawk moths, like the hummingbird hawk moth, hover in midair while they feed on nectar from flowers and are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds. These moths are some of the fastest flying insects, some are capable of flying at over 50 km/h (30 miles per hour).

Habitat:

Flowering gardens.

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13 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Martin. I will remove the first 2 pics and create another spotting. Actually I was confused because I saw the Hawk Moths flying around late in the evening and this one on the mosquito net right afterwards so I thought they were the same. Thanks again for the correction.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Hello Satyen.
Might I suggest you have two different species in this gallery.
The first two pics are a butterfly. KarenL is correct and if the antennae are clubbed at the end, you have certainly got a butterfly. This is a Euthalia sp. commonly called the baron in Malaysia. Your species however is probably a different Euthalia sp.
Pics 3 and 4 are typical hawkmoth feeding. Its antennae are finely feathered, a feature only of moths.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Finally found a name for this fellow.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

What beautiful colours!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks.

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 8 years ago

Amazing!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Your are right Frazier, it does have the markings but I am not sure what species this is either.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

This is a beautifully colored specimen and it does have some markings like Junonia sp. (see http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/790... ) But I don't know what species this is...

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Karen, thanks for the help, but not sure if this is chocolate pansy. I know they were very fast, way faster than a normal butterfly. Maybe this one grows up to become chocolate pansy. Thanks Anjali.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Looks like a Junonia butterfly rather than a moth - it looks like there are 'clubs' at the end of the antennae in the first photo. Similar to the chocolate pansy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junonia_iph...

AnjaliAnantharam
AnjaliAnantharam 8 years ago

It has beautiful colors..

Wild Things
Spotted by
Wild Things

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Nov 19, 2011
Submitted on Nov 26, 2011

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