Hummingbird Hawk Moth

June 28, 2013

Macroglossum stellatarum, known as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth or sometimes the Hummingmoth.

 Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.

 The resemblance to hummingbirds is an example of convergent evolution. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths.

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