Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawkmoth - Macroglossum stellatarum

A fascinating moth that flies in the daytime, often seen visiting gardens where it hovers over flowers and uses its long proboscis to extract nectar.

Flight time: June to August, but may be seen on warm sunny days in almost every month of the year.

Habitat: Favours all sorts of open, grassy and flowery areas and gardens.

Distribution : Widespread & common throughout

Forewings are dark brown and the hindwings mainly orange with a dark base and margin. The thorax is grey-brown and furry.

At rest the moths display the typical aerodynamic shape of the hawkmoths. They usually choose a resting place that offers them camouflage, such as dry foliage or a stone wall, which probably accounts for their ability to suddenly disappear from view.

A hummingbird Hawkmoth at rest, well camouflaged against a dry leaf

4 responses to “Hummingbird Hawk Moth

  1. I have these in my gardens and love to watch them.


  2. They are fascinating aren’t they? You are lucky to have them in your garden.


  3. Andrew Atkinson

    The hummingbird hawk moth is a regular visitor to the garden in Alicante, Spain, where the single moth feeds on Jasmine and plumbago plants.
    I have excellent photographs and video of the hummingbird hawk moth in action.


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