Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum

Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is a large, day-flying moth which hovers like a hummingbird as it uses its long "proboscis" (tongue) to drink nectar from flowers.
Hummingbird Hawk-moth at rest
Hummingbird Hawk-moth at rest
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
It is quite plain from above when at rest and well-camouflaged but it has orange under-wings briefly visible when hovering in flight.
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Horned hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Wingspan: 40-50mm
Hummingbird Hawk-moth UK flight time: Summer (mainly migrant)
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
They are native to much of temperate Eurasia, from Portugal (including the Azores) and Northwest Africa to Japan.
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Another (above) from Alexandra Makhnina - see below.
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
The photos of Hummingbird Hawk-moths in the row immediately above and below are in Kazakhstan, taken by Alexandra Makhnina.
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth