Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Today I saw my first Hummingbird Hawk-moth! I managed to get a few half-decent photos, but even without perfectly focused images, it was pretty cool! They’re quite big and as the name suggests they flap their wings quickly and hover, poking out their long proboscis to suck up nectar from the flowers. This one flew right past my head, surprising me, before heading for the Buddleia. They are unlike most other moths and butterflies and really do look like a small bird. I only managed one photo where you can see the moths face, but to be honest I wasn’t expecting much as it moved quickly and mostly was high up in the Buddleia bush, so I felt pretty chuffed to get any photos at all 🙂

By Suzy Shipman

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  1. Another friend of mine in the UK was absolutely cockahhoop to have caught one on ‘film’ this year. They tend to hang about in the warmer bits of mainland Europe, but the summer has allowed them to move north a bit. Mind you, think about it. They won’t have bred here, so they had to slog all the way across the Ditch…

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