Forum home Wildlife gardening

Hummingbird Hawk Moth



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,391

    They fly all day Salino, sometimes they come in their dozens. Must fly at night as well though cos they turn up in the moth trap .

    I think they are mistaken for Hummingbird hawkmoths but once you've seen the real thing there's no doubt which is which

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..thank you nutcutlet... I'm very pleased with that information... I've been wondering for 3 years...image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,391

    that's a long wonder Salinoimage

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...and now it's all ended... bit of an anti-climax really...image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,391

    Perhaps you'll spot a new species in the garden this summer and you can have another wonder image

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...with you just a fingertip away, I won't have to wonder long.. will I..?image

    ..and thanks for the prompt response earlier.... I'm not one for waiting long...

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Fairygirl sorry did not see your earlier post re the Hummimgbird Moth,

    They are about an inch long,the body looks a bit like a bumble bee,sort of furry,when they are taking nectar from a plant they hover and a probosis just like a humming bird goes into the flower.Thay are really pretty and interesting to watch,if you think of it as a flying bumble bee with a long nose its not so scary.image

    Try googling hummingbird moth and see what you think.

  • Going back to the moth on the lily, I don't think this is a Silver Y (Autographa gamma). Looks a bit like a Privet Hawk Moth, although I can't do much with the photo.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,391

    That's a silver Y joe, if you look at the top pic you can even see the Y. You won't see privet hawkmoths on lilies in the day time.


     That's a privet hawkmoth, a much more impressive beast

  • Keyser SozeKeyser Soze Posts: 126

    Wow! That's something else! A bit like the death's head with that head marking.

Sign In or Register to comment.