Humming Bird Hawk Moth

Bill Grange william at
Thu Jun 29 16:14:09 EDT 2000

Chris Raper <cmt.raper at> wrote in message
news:2pnglscnu73ski675f3vusd32lolb4g514 at
> 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.


I would be interested to know roughly how frequent and distribution of
sightings have been in UK this year. I have not seen one here yet (though
plentiful in France a week ago), but a report from the west side of Derby
two days ago.

Bill Grange,

Bill Grange,



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