A Hummingbird Hawkmoth

This morning there was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the trap! This is the first one I have seen this year and it is the first one I have ever caught in my trap. Hummingbird Hawkmoths are immigrant moths which come to the UK in small numbers from Southern Europe and North Africa. A small number are thought to breed in the southwest. I suspect this one is a migrant.

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Here is the animal from last night’s trap. You don’t often see Hummingbird Hawkmoths at rest – you can just see in this picture the hint of the yellow underwings

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Here is a photo taken at Parke in Bovey Tracey from a year of two ago showing the ‘normal’ pose of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth. They have an amazing ability to hover whilst feeding and once they decide to move on they disappear at an amazingly fast rate.

According to Paul Waring in his Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland the Hummingbird Hawkmoth is a ‘messenger of good tidings’. Apparently a swarm of Hummingbird Hawkmoths were seen flying across the Channel towards England on D-Day in 1944! I’ll keep you updated …….

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