Macroglossum stellatarum (NL: Kolibrievlinder, Meekrapvlinder, Onrustvlinder / EN: Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Hummingmoth / DE: Taubenschwänzchen, Taubenschwanz, Karpfenschwanz, Kolibrischwärmer / FR: Moro sphinx, Sphinx colibri, Sphinx du caille-lait) is a species of Sphingidae. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. It shouldn't be confused with the moths called hummingbird moths in North America, genus Hemaris, members of the same family and with similar appearance and behavior. The resemblance to hummingbirds is an example of convergent evolution. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths. The forewings are brown, with black wavy lines across them, and the hindwings are orange with a black edge. The abdomen is quite broad, with a fan-tail of setae at the end. The wingspan is 40–45 millimetres
Image: Soglio (CH) – 12/07/2012
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