|Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum
|Monks Eleigh Garden, Suffolk,
The Hummingbird Hawkmoth is a migrant and
finds its way to the UK from southern Europe and Africa to arrive
in the spring. It is suspected that some may now hibernate
in south-west England.
|It does look a bit like a
hummingbird as it hovers in front of flowers such as buddleia
and, as in these photos, lavender. It has a long proboscis for
feeding on nectar with orange-brown on the hindwings and whitish
tufts on the flanks.
There is a page on this species at UK