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Titan hummingbird moth (female)

Aellopos titan titan

Description:

The wingspan is 55–65 mm. The body is dark brown with a wide white stripe across the abdomen. The wings are dark brown and the upperside of the forewing has a black spot at the end of the cell and two bands of translucent white spots. The upperside of the hindwing has pale patches along the costa and inner margin.

Habitat:

The backyard of a house in a small rural town.

Notes:

It flew so fast, never staying in a flower for more than a split second, that it took me some time to realise it wasn't a hummingbird!

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7 Comments

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 months ago

Thank you Tukup.

Tukup
Tukup 8 months ago

Amazing catch Sergio. Even looking at the picture, if it wasn't for the front feet, it's hard to believe it's not a hummingbird. Thanks for sharing. And congratulations on the nomination for SOTW.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 months ago

Thank you Doc, you are very kind.

DrNamgyalTSherpa
DrNamgyalTSherpa 8 months ago

Beautiful spotting and excellent photography, Sergio!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 months ago

Thank you Mel11.

Mel11
Mel11 8 months ago

Brilliant photo Sergio. The wings are usually just a blur.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Santa Catarina, Brazil

Spotted on Jan 30, 2021
Submitted on Feb 2, 2021

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