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Hummingbird hawk moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)

The hummingbird hawk-moth is a species in the family Sphingidae. It is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates (southern Europe, North Africa, and points east).

It is a strong flier, dispersing widely and can be found virtually anywhere in the hemisphere in the summer. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths.

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

photo credits: wiki, bbc, wildlifeinsight, glaucus

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)
This Hummingbird moth is in the family Sphingidae, the Hawk moths or Sphinx moths. It’s a large family – about 1,450 species! 
As its name implies, this species, as well as other species of hummingbird moths, are known for how fast they fly and their ability to move quickly from side to side when they hover. This ability may have evolved to deal with ambush predators that wait in flowers. Clearwing Hummingbird moths are found in every region of the country. 
Photo by Rick Hansen, USFWS

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (Hemaris thysbe)

This Hummingbird moth is in the family Sphingidae, the Hawk moths or Sphinx moths. It’s a large family – about 1,450 species!

As its name implies, this species, as well as other species of hummingbird moths, are known for how fast they fly and their ability to move quickly from side to side when they hover. This ability may have evolved to deal with ambush predators that wait in flowers. Clearwing Hummingbird moths are found in every region of the country.

Photo by Rick Hansen, USFWS

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum bombylans)
family Sphingidae The long proboscis of the Macroglossinae hummingbird hawk moths and their hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make them look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.They fly and feed during the day especially in bright sunshine and can maintain their non-stop flight-and-feed behaviour for remarkably long periods of time.  by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr. Pu’er, Yunnan, China  See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum bombylans)

family Sphingidae

The long proboscis of the Macroglossinae hummingbird hawk moths and their hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make them look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.They fly and feed during the day especially in bright sunshine and can maintain their non-stop flight-and-feed behaviour for remarkably long periods of time.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum bombylans, Sphingidae)
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE

Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), Trenčín, Slovakia
The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is a large sphingid moth found in warm climates in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. It is a strong flier, dispersing widely in the summer but it rarely survives the winter in northern latitudes. It is named for its long proboscis (straw like mouth) and its hovering behavior, which, accompanied by an audible humming noise, give it remarkable resemblance to a hummingbird as it visits flowers to feed on nectar…
(read more: EOL)   (Photo: František ŠARŽÍK)

Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), Trenčín, Slovakia

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is a large sphingid moth found in warm climates in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. It is a strong flier, dispersing widely in the summer but it rarely survives the winter in northern latitudes. It is named for its long proboscis (straw like mouth) and its hovering behavior, which, accompanied by an audible humming noise, give it remarkable resemblance to a hummingbird as it visits flowers to feed on nectar…

(read more: EOL)   (Photo: František ŠARŽÍK)