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Hummingbird Moth


naturenut e2
12 1.8k England
25 Oct 2003 3:03PM
Wish I could get a decent photo !
I'll keep tryin'...

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

This site had some wonderful Hummingbird Moth PIcs

Enjoy
User_Removed 12 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 6:25AM
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 e2
11 3.0k 12 England
7 Sep 2004 6:28AM
THIS is much closer to home!
User_Removed 12 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 8:38AM
Yes - that's the beastie and a great photo too!
naturenut e2
12 1.8k England
7 Sep 2004 9:12AM
Haven't seen one at all this year ;o(
grahammul e2
11 120 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 9:35AM
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 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 10:28AM
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 e2
11 120 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 10:32AM
Lucky you Brian, what plants are attracting it?
Regards,
Graham.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 10:50AM
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 e2
11 120 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2004 11:20AM
Thanks Brian I'll have to look that one up in my garden book.
Graham.
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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