Thursday, 8 September 2016

A Hummer in the garden

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum spent about five minutes this afternoon nectaring on one of our Salvias (Hot Lips). This is only the third one I have seen in our garden, although the second was about two weeks ago, seen disappearing over the fence, pretty sure it was a Hummer!

Wingspan 40-50 mm.
An immigrant species which sometimes occurs in large numbers, especially if there's an extended period of warm weather or southerly airflow.
It flies in the sunshine and hovers in front of flowers, sipping the nectar with its long proboscis, very much like the hummingbird which gives it its name.
The larvae feed on bedstraw (Galium), and some of these may hatch and give rise to autumn adults in an influx year. Taken from UK Moths website.