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Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

It has a long complicated Latin name!

(SPHINGIIDAE/MACROGLOSSIDAE/Macroglossum trochilus)

But really hard to capture on a photo – I took hundreds to get these few..and I had no time to mess about with settings or anything – I hardly had time to press the shutter button before they were off again.

 African Hummingbird Hawk

I didn’t notice they have a long proboscis until I transferred the photos off the camera.

 African Hummingbird Hawk

They were hovering amongst a patch of Zinnia’s
 African Hummingbird Hawk

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8 Comments

joanfrankham - 22. May, 2015 - Reply

how very unusual, I have never seen these creatures.

frankiekay - 22. May, 2015 - Reply

Well, Joan…you don’t really get much chance to look at them! They hover then whizz off, hover again! I couldnt tell their shape or any detail

spookmoor - 22. May, 2015 - Reply

Magic man and well caught.

frankiekay - 22. May, 2015 - Reply

Thanks – must get a pic of me getting a pic sometimes – look really stupid!

Suki - 26. May, 2015 - Reply

Amazing little things. Love the hovering you caught!

frankiekay - 26. May, 2015 - Reply

They are REALLY fast – with the naked eye, you cant see what they look like at all! I only got to see that cute little tail fluff when I put these onto the laptop

Margaret Macneill - 27. May, 2015 - Reply

Fantastic! You take awesome photos Frankie.
We had something similar when we lived in Boise USA and in the evenings they use to “buss” you if you came near when they were feeding!

frankiekay - 27. May, 2015 - Reply

I didnt hear them making any noises, but I admit to being really surprised at what they looked like once I got them ‘frozen”