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Unique moth species looks like a hummingbird

By T.K. Randall
November 24, 2017 · Comment icon 19 comments



The hummingbird hawk-moth is a rather unique species. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 IronChris
Sightings of a particularly unusual type of moth are becoming increasingly common across the British Isles.
At a glance you would be forgiven for thinking that this peculiar little creature is a hummingbird, especially given its fast-beating wings, elongated proboscis (the appendage on its head), and its tendency to flit from flower to flower while emitting an audible humming sound.

As it happens though, it isn't a bird at all - it's a moth known as the hummingbird hawk-moth.
Found across Europe and Asia, these intriguing insects are also known to visit the UK and have been turning up more frequently in gardens across the country over the last few years.

While they are typically unable to survive there during the winter and only visit during the summer, warmer conditions brought about by climate change could soon turn them in to a resident species.

Conservationists will no doubt be keen to monitor their numbers over the next few years.



Source: BBC News | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Twin 5 years ago
Tomato worms = Hummingbird moths
Comment icon #11 Posted by rashore 5 years ago
Nope. The OP is about hummingbird hawk moths, those are not native to he America’s. They also don’t eat nightshades but prefer rubia. Hummingbird moths of the U.S. is aka  whiteline sphinx, eats flowers and fruits, but not noted to eat nightshades. The two hornworms that eat nightshades are the Carolina sphinx, aka tobacco hornworm, and the five spotted hawkmoth, aka tomato hornworm.
Comment icon #12 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
That's one giant squat ... ~ *Sorry ... just ... could ... not ... resist * ~
Comment icon #13 Posted by sanchez710 5 years ago
I saw one when on holiday in Norfolk. Amazing creature.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Chaldon 5 years ago
In the early 1990's I've seen those at my dacha here in the central Siberia. Around the same time there also was a note in some local newspaper with another witness account, from a guy who mistaken these for actual hummingbirds. Since then I have never seen them.
Comment icon #15 Posted by White Unicorn 5 years ago
I only saw one once in my life and always wondered why I didn't ever see another one  
Comment icon #16 Posted by Nnicolette 5 years ago
Woops
Comment icon #17 Posted by Nnicolette 5 years ago
They are both native to america.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
We often see one or two hoying it round the buddelia in the garden each year in the summer but soon as I go to take a photo the're gone
Comment icon #19 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
Probably UFO, ghost or alien hummingbird hawk moths ... or maybe they're shy ... like me ... ~


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