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.

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

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  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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