Friday 24 July 2015

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

One of these migrant moths from North Africa was spotted in Bowmore two weeks ago, though news of it has only just reached me. No, it is not a hummingbird, but a moth which behaves like one, hovering, its wings just a blur, in front of flowers so that it can extend its long tongue and suck up the nectar. Apparently, this is a very good year for sightings across Britain, so keep your eyes open. They've turned up here in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009, though not apparently since. Please report any you see. The photo is courtesy of Butterfly Conservation.

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