One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A migratory day-flying hawkmoth that makes an audible hum while hovering in front of flowers to feed on nectar.
Macroglossum stellatarum, family Sphingidae
- ‘Like any nectar-gathering insect the hummingbird hawkmoth takes part in the pollination of flowers.’
- ‘There seem to be a lot of hummingbird hawkmoths around at the moment.’
- ‘I was most surprised to see a hummingbird hawkmoth zipping in and out of the busy Lizzies in my hanging baskets.’
- ‘This timing could indicate that the hummingbird hawkmoth has been able to over-winter in this country.’
- ‘In the summer there are numerous species including skipper butterflies and hummingbird hawkmoths.’
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