Help - Was it a Bird or was it a Moth ? Details inside..

Chris Raper cmt.raper at
Tue Jun 27 04:03:45 EDT 2000

On Mon, 26 Jun 2000 18:25:49 +0100, dj <1 at> wrote:

>Sound - Like a Humming Bird - Same tone, but much lower volume. 
>Size - Length 30mm - Diameter 8mm - Wingspan 50mm
>Colour - Mostly Light Brown - Many other details too small for me to
>see in the time.  Black eye like markings on the top rear.
>Behaviour - Like a Humming Bird - Feeding from Impatiens (Busy Lizzie)

>Any help will be appreciated.

Hi Dennis

A very good description of the Humming-bird Hawkmoth (Macroglossum
stellatarum). They seem to be all over the country this year - like
many other summer insects they migrate from continental Europe. Look
out too for Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus) and Paintend Lady (Cynthia
cardui) butterflies.

Best wishes,
Chris R.

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