|Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Macroglossum stellatarum)|
|Here its proboscis is wound up|
Well, you already know what the post's about so here are the facts:
- It has an average wingspan of between 40mm-50mm which are very hard to catch in a photo as they use them to hover. You can sort of see them in my photos.
- The reason they use their wings to hover is so they can feed on their food-plants, feeding through their long proboscis. Like Hummingbirds which is how they get their name.
|A bugs eye view|
- Speaking of their food-plants, they like to feed on all things Nectar, in our garden they most like to eat the Red Valerian's Nectar.
- They tend to feed in the daytime and apart from Red Valerian they like Aubretia, Buddleia, and Vipers Bugloss.
- The caterpillars are as long as the largest wingspan, 50mm. They are also very colourful.
|It had a rest on the pavement outside out house|
- Caterpillar foodplants tend to be Ladys Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw and Wild Madder but they have also been seen laying eggs on Red Valerian....I wonder if mine have laid eggs....
- They are Green or Red-Brown with White dots and White, Dark and Yellow Horizontal Stripes along with a Blue horn which has a Yellow-tip.
- They are found all over the UK apart from The Republic of Ireland and there have only been one or two in the North of Ireland and are less common the further North you go.
- It seems they are mainly migrant moths but increasingly they may be breeding in the UK
|I moved it so it wouldn't get trodden on!|
- They live in basically any places that has their food-plants such as as Parks and Gardens, Woodlands, Coastal, Farmland and Grassland.
- They are found between May and September officially but they are most common between June and September.
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,