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Hummingbird Hawkmoth

26/09/2011 23:17:49

Hummingbird Hawkmoth - Taken on an Olympus SP800UZ.

The Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Macroglossum Stallatarum) is one of the UK's most distinctive moths - The clue is in the name. Almost always seen hovering in front of garden flowers, these moths can be heard as well as seen as their wings create an audible hum, and with their long proboscis they look and behave remarkably like humming birds.

Hummingbird Hawkmoths are day flying, and can be seen at almost any time of year. They do hibernate as adults, but rarely survive the winter this far north so most of the moths we see in the UK will be migrants. Most common in the south.

The Hummingbird Hawk-moth can be found from Portugal to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates such as southern Europe, North Africa, and points east. Two or more broods are produced each year. The adult may be encountered at any time of the year, especially in the south of the range, where there may be three or four broods. 

This moth was photographed just outside the Wildlife Extra office on 26th September 2011.



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