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.
I’m going on holiday (yes,, again) so there won’t be any new postings in the next coming weeks. But in the meantime, here are some happy poppy flowers 🙂
European Roe Deer, photo taken from the car (f/215mm)
“Three little foals you see at play.
They romp and sport all through the day,
But sometimes they are most sedate
And try to ape their mothers’ gait.
They wheel and race and leap and prance,
And sometimes they are said to dance:
But always they will stand and stare
At anyone who passes there.”
– Mary Tourtel (At Play)
I’m back from holiday, well rested and camera full of pictures. 🙂
Here’s a female European Pied Flycatcher, she had a busy day catching all kinds of bugs and feeding her little ones back in the birdhouse.