Monday, July 19, 2010

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

I had another butterfly in my garden yesterday, I had never seen before.
A kind of hummingbird butterfly...never sitting still for one moment...
flapping his wings all the time like... a hummingbird.
Very nervous kind of ADHD-type.
Because he flies like a hummingbird his name is: Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (Kolibrievlinder)
Macroglossem stellatarum)

He is hovering in front of the flower...sticks out his extreme long tongue, in order to stick deeply in the flower and then flies off to another one after some sec.
Actualy its a night-butterfly..but this one flies daytime.
Very difficult to get a good shot.
Once you've seen him, you'll never forget.


Mannie said...

Echt een kunsstukje fotograferen vind ik. Die tong...!
Heel mooi beest.


Kerry O'Gorman said...

Lovely moth...I've never seen one. You might like my post today showing a giant silk moth we found.

Beth Niquette said...

I'm sitting here gasping with the beauty of these amazing photographs. Oh, my dear. You are blessed with a rare talent indeed.

Catherine said...

Such wonderful pictures of this elusive (and VERY difficult to photograph!) species! Beautiful!!