Barcelona Photoblog: Humming Bird Moth Feeding

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Humming Bird Moth Feeding

Humming Bird Moth Feeding [enlarge]

Certainly one of the weirdest topics in the blog in the past was the famous moth that I mistook for a bird. Now I had the chance to spot another one with better luck. Here is a beautiful specimen of Macroglossum stellatarum or Hummingbird Moth. In the following two videos you will appreciate the difference between this moth and a real hummingbird:


  1. That's a great picture, Carlos. I don't think I've ever heard of a hummingbird moth...

    Our daughter in Colorado has a lot of hummingbirds flitting on her feeder ... they're very beautiful.

  2. Thanks for the visit Jacob. Yep. I saw some videos. Those feeders full of hummingbirds look charming. It must be great to wake up in the morning and watch the scene. :)

  3. We have two hummingbird feeders in our yard each summer and see Ruby-Throated and Rufus Hummingbirds - although fewer this year it seemed. I love them very much.

    Now you have introduced me to the Hummingbird Moth and I am transfixed by the shot and the video. In many ways, this moth is more a miraculous site than the hummingbird. Isn't nature perfect?!

    Thanks for a great post, Carlos.

  4. Thanks so much Lydia. It did fool me the first time I saw one.

  5. Fascinating! I managed to capture a hummingbird at rest today, but couldn't get him taking off again.

  6. Increible!!! tant la foto com l'animaló!!!!

  7. Hi (YIA SOU in Greek!) Carlos. Every single shot you have is a piece of art. Bravo!

  8. Beautiful shot!
    Until very recently I also didn't know, there is something like hummingbird moth- my friend is trying to capture an image of one.
    Yours is gorgeous!


  9. Anonymous6:28 AM

    i am jealous! we always have them at the flowers in the evenings, moving too fast and light too low to capture.


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