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naturenut
naturenut  111801 forum posts England
25 Oct 2003 - 3:03 PM

Wish I could get a decent photo !
I'll keep tryin'...

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walkingmountain

www.birds-n-garden.com/white-lined_sphinx_moth.html

This site had some wonderful Hummingbird Moth PIcs

Enjoy

User_Removed
7 Sep 2004 - 6:25 AM

Errrrr - despite what the titles say on this page - these are not Hummingbird moths (or Hummingbird Hawkmoths which this thread is referring to).

The photos show a species of Hawkmoth (Or Sphinx Moths as they are called in the US) and it looks like a Silver Striped Hawkmoth.

It is most definitely not a Hummingbird (Hawk) Moth. Unfortunately, the soubriquet "Hummingbird Moth" seems to have been applied to any kind of moth that hovers whilst feeding wheras in fact there is only one true Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Barrie

IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2004 - 6:28 AM

THIS is much closer to home!

User_Removed
7 Sep 2004 - 8:38 AM

Yes - that's the beastie and a great photo too!

naturenut
naturenut  111801 forum posts England
7 Sep 2004 - 9:12 AM

Haven't seen one at all this year ;o(

grahammul
grahammul  11120 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 - 9:35 AM

I haven't seen one this year either. A pity as I was hoping to get some good shots with my better camera. Lepidoptera generally seem to be very down this year.
Graham.

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2004 - 10:28 AM

Only seen the one, which had over-wintered here. I think the weather conditions were wrong for any visitors from France and there still aren't many "Natives"

grahammul
grahammul  11120 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 - 10:32 AM

Lucky you Brian, what plants are attracting it?
Regards,
Graham.

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110152 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2004 - 10:50 AM

Graham, it was in Spring and was feeding on Lithospernum (Now sometimes classified as Lithodora) Heavenly Blue

this one

Its an excellent plant for butterflies and bees and loves hot, dry & sunny locations

Brian

grahammul
grahammul  11120 forum posts United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 - 11:20 AM

Thanks Brian I'll have to look that one up in my garden book.
Graham.

DavePattison
21 Sep 2006 - 5:48 PM

Seen a hummingbird moth on butterfly bush in my garden in Stoke-on-Trent, was fascinated to find out because ive not seen one in this country before. Watched it hovering around the tree using its probosis tongue.

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