Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, it’s a hawk moth!

The first time I saw this incredible insect I thought it was a hummingbird. Yet – there are no hummingbirds in Europe! I was dumbfounded.

Luckily, I had a knowledgeable friend with me who explained about the hawk moth to me, a hummingbird hawk moth in this case so I wasn’t too far off and not alone in my mistake. It’s not a very common moth but not that rare either and I was delighted that I managed a few shots of the insect while it was feeding.

The Ragtag Daily Prompt: Insect

16 thoughts on “Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, it’s a hawk moth!

  1. That’s incredible. I’ve only ever seen a hummingbird hawk moth once. Sounded a poor thing was that at that point. Your photos are amazing. I love how you did as he could slide them back and forth. Never seen the option to do that. Well done!

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  2. Arn’t they lovely? We often get them in the garden during the Summer, especially on the Buddleia. It is one of those insects I did not know in England so only knew the German name from my Swiss husband. We call them Schwärmer, but now I also know them as hawk moth.

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