Hummingbird hawkmoth

Macroglossum stellatarum

A medium-sized hawkmoth with a wingspan of 40-45 mm. The hummingbird lives in many types of habitats, such as gardens, parks, meadows, thickets, flowery grassland, and woodland edges. Host plants include bedstraw (Galium spp.), madder (Rubia spp.), valerian (Centranthus spp.), starwort (Stellaria spp.), and willowherb (Epilobium spp.). This moth flies throughout the year, typically June through August, in a number of generations, the flight is uniquely darting, hovering, and hummingbird-like, and it is migratory.

 

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