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Esfinge colibrí

Hummingbird hawk-moth

Moro sphinx


Sfinge del galio.

Sphingidae. Macroglossinae. Macroglossini. Macroglossina.

Benicàssim (Castelló/ Spain).



AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Also sometimes known as the Army Green Moth. Can be found in much of Sothern Europe, Africa and Asia either as a resident or as a migrant and on rare occasions in the UK.

Small Elephant Hawk-moths on Red Velarian.


As ever, many thanks for all viewings, comments and faves.

Two Small Elephant Hawk-moth posed on Red Valerian.


'Pink on Pink'!!


Under wing view of a second freshly-emerged Elephant Hawk-moth on Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in my garden. The common name of this Sphingidae is derived from the caterpillar's resemblance to an elephant's trunk.

One from the herd of Elephants that were in the garden trap this morning!!


Both Elephant and a few Small Elephants were waiting for me. This one is giving me the evil eye!!

Deilephila elpenor


Photographed in my Kent garden.

Have a beautiful Sunday my friends..

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Laothoe populi - Linnaeus, 1758.

The Elephant Hawk-moth is a pretty, gold-and-pink moth that can be seen at dusk in gardens, parks, woods and grassy habitats. The caterpillars look like elephant's trunks and have eyespots to scare off predators. This is an upper wing view of a freshly-emerged Elephant Hawk-moth found in the garden.

Deilephila elpenor


Photographed in my Kent garden.

A regular recently in the garden visiting the Buddleia.

My first Elephant Hawk-moth of the year in the garden trap.


One of our most colourful moths and always a pleasure to see.

Elephant hawk moth --Olifantsrups


The sparrows checked out this caterpillar. They didn't eat it.

Never seen one like this, it looked like a very littlesnake or croc


De mussen bekeken deze rups van alle kanten, maar aten hem niet op.

Nog nooit zo'n rups gezien. Lijkt op een slang.


Update 2018: This is the caterpillar of the Deilephila elpenor.

Dit is de rups van Gote Avondrood vlinder.

An oleander hawk-moth or army green moth on dry zinnia leaves from my garden

The Elephant Hawk-moth's common name is derived from the caterpillar's resemblance to an elephant's trunk. This 8cm (3 inch) larva was found beside a potted fuchsia plant – one of its food plants. The eye-spots are to deter birds.

Canon EOS 5DS R

TAMRON 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010

ƒ/6.3 300.0 mm 1/8000 3200

A fresh Elephant Hawk-moth. This pretty, gold-and-pink moth can be seen at dusk in gardens, parks, woods and grassy habitats, and has a life expectancy of five weeks.

Daphnis nerii (formerly Deilephila nerii), known as the oleander hawk-moth or army green moth, is a moth of the Sphingidae family - in Singapore

My first Small Elephant Hawk-moths of the year today in the trap, posing nicely for me.

Garden lockdown/Shielding series


Thanks for viewing, and for any favs/comments.

"Macroglossum stellatarum" - kolibrievlinder

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Laothoe populi - Linnaeus, 1758.

Taubenschwänzchen - Hummingbird Hawk-moth

I love seeing these and it was a real treat to get this one. Rosebay Willowherb is one of its favourite food plants

So lovely to see this So lovely to see this Hummingbird Hawk Moth in my garden today,its the first I've seen this year. Lyme Regis

A pair of Privet Hawk Moth that came to the trap in the Summer.

A rare sighting of numerous Hummingbird Hawk-moth in a small forested area at western part of Singapore.

Sphinx ligustri


Photographed in my Kent garden.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring. It was so fast, only staying on each flowerhead for a split second so I had a job keeping track of it. I only managed a couple of half-decent shots!


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Small Elephant Hawk Moth


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This Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar was in the garden to the delight of my granddaughters Connie and Ruby, they insisted I photographed it.


The Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar grows to 85mm in length and is one of the largest and most distinctive caterpillars to be found in the British Isles.


It is also the most frequently seen Hawk Moth Caterpillar, often found feeding and wandering in search for somewhere to pupate in gardens.


The species is named after the caterpillars resemblance to an elephants trunk.


When retracted the caterpillars head recoils giving the impression of a much larger head. The two large ‘eye-like’ markings behind the head also suggest a much larger animal, appearing startling to predators.


The caterpillars feed on bedstraws, willow herbs and in gardens they feed on fuchsias, and gooseberry bushes.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


ƒ/6.3 180.0 mm 1/5000 5000

While hummingbirds can hover by generating around 50 wingbeats per second and bats about 17 beats per second, the Hummingbird Hawk-moth tops them both at 85 beats per second! In addition to being an agile hoverer, the moth is also a fast flier. This one was seen nectaring on Buddleia at Stanton in Gloucestershire.

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