Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

We have many Hummingbird Hawk moths visit our garden in Cyprus but you may have seen these in the UK, especially in the south of England. They do not over winter there as they tend to migrate from places such as Cyprus between May and September.

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.  Adults are particularly fond of flowers with lots of nectar, e.g. Jasmine, Buddleia and in our case the Lantana. They are reported to return to the same flower beds at about the same time each day. They have a wingspan of around two inches, and their wings beat so fast an audible hum can be heard.

They locate their mates by scent and have often been seen to demonstrate aerial courtship chases, engaging in rapid chases low over the ground, or spiralling upwards together.

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