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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.


14 responses

  1. Great capture Camilla

    September 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

  2. Great shot! Lovely detail in the moth – and I really like that blur of the wing, as if to confirm the ‘hover’ 🙂

    September 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    • Thanks John! I took a lot of pictures but this was the only one where you could (kind of) see the wings at all. 🙂

      September 20, 2015 at 5:32 PM

  3. Such an amazing image, the detail and wonderful color makes such an engaging photo.

    September 13, 2015 at 8:41 PM

  4. That is wild-never seen anything like it! Very interesting.

    September 14, 2015 at 2:45 AM

    • Always nice to see something “new”, right Jane? 🙂

      September 20, 2015 at 5:34 PM

  5. These are very cool! Many people mistake them for hummingbirds. 🙂

    September 14, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    • Yes they are! But these wouldn’t be mistaken for hummingbirds as the two live on different continents. 🙂 I’ve never seen the American “hummingbird moths”, hopefully I get to do that one day too.

      September 20, 2015 at 5:36 PM

  6. Wonderful image, Camilla. These are quite different from the clear-wing moth that I occasionally see in here in the USA.

    September 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    • Thanks Mike! 🙂 I hope I get to see one of your moths too one day, they are fascinating!

      September 20, 2015 at 5:36 PM

  7. Wonderful shot Camilla!

    September 16, 2015 at 7:32 AM

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