Hummingbird Hawk-moth


Macroglossum stellatarum – I feel quite privileged to have been able to take these photographs of this splendid hawk-moth. I took them quite a few years ago with my first digital camera purchase back in the summer of 2005, and haven’t been able to capture one in flight and feeding since back then. A spectacular brightly coloured diurnal moth which can be seen sipping nectar in full sunlight with its extraordinary long proboscis. It looks and sounds like a hummingbird as it feeds from tubular flowers such as Red Valerian, Buddleia, Lilac, and the like.


Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum


Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum


Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum


Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Sony Cybershot DSC-W1
Date taken: 21st August 2005
Place: Rear garden, Staffordshire


 

25 thoughts on “Hummingbird Hawk-moth

  1. The only species I’ve ever seen is the white-lined hawk moth, which has a little pink to go with its white lines. I think they’re quite common north of Houston, and they may be more common here than I realize. They’re fantastic creatures!

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  2. Wonderful pictures! I always wanted to see one and last late summer I saw one up here on the 3rd floor, but only for a few seconds. It was looking for nectar, but there wasn’t much left. Nevertheless I was sooo happy πŸ™‚ I hope for a coming back!

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