Hummingbird hawk moth

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I was lucky enough to see these remarkable creatures for the first
time today, and to be able to photograph them, in the Cevennes region
of France. There were two individuals feeding on nectar from a clump
of thistle flowers – I can’t be certain whether all these photos are
of the same individual, or show them both. it is one of the largest
moths in existence and the name comes from its feeding technique –
hovering in front of the flower and reaching out with a long
proboscis, the same principle as the real hummingbird, as opposed to
settling on the flower like most moths or butterflies.

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About The Tom Angle

Photographer, food & wine lover, fanatical French horn player and reluctant IT geek. British expat in Switzerland.
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