I got up at 3am this morning to photograph the super blood moon –
My trusty PS and I did our best, but alas didn’t get any clear shot… But it was thrilling to see anyway!
The next opportunity to see this will be in 2033.
Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli) is native of South Africa but it has introduced (deliberately or accidentally) to Mediterranean Europe where it has spread as a pest of cultivated Pelargonium geraniums (which also originate in South Africa).
Anyway, a pretty little butterfly that I photographed in Sardinia.
A Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), photographed in Sardinia.
Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.
Note that this is a species of Sphingidae, and shouldn’t be confused with the moths called hummingbird moths in North America, genus Hemaris.