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Titan hummingbird moth (female)

Aellopos titan titan


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.


The backyard of a house in a small rural town.


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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Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 months ago

Thank you 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 8 months ago

Beautiful spotting and excellent photography, Sergio!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 months ago

Thank you Mel11.

Mel11 8 months ago

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

Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Santa Catarina, Brazil

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

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