Hummingbird Hawkmoth (2)

I noticed another species of hummingbird hawkmoth in the garden this afternoon. It’s a bit bigger than the kind I photographed yesterday. It also seems to fly a little bit slower, so I was able to get some pretty nice shots.

[Info in Japanese here.]

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae
Pellucid hawk moth = oosukashiba = Cephonodes hylas

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3 Responses to Hummingbird Hawkmoth (2)

  1. Michele says:

    I saw my first hummingbird hawkmoth today, kind of odd looking creature. Is this actually an insect. Is it harmful? Any information you can share about this creature would be appreciated.

    Thank you

  2. Nigel says:

    Hi Michele,
    Yes, this is an insect – a kind of moth. It looks remarkably like a hummingbird and, just like the bird, it also feeds on the nectar of flowers. Unlike most other moths, these ones fly during the day, although evening is the best time to see them. It’s totally harmless, so don’t be afraid of the noise it makes – that’s just its wings flapping! The caterpillars will eat some of your garden plants but it’s worth giving up a few leaves to get these beautiful moths flying around, don’t you think?
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    Best wishes,
    Nigel

  3. scott says:

    i couldn’t figure out what i was looking at the other day when i saw these little guys. how cool are they!

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