I've just seen a flying insect that reminded me of a humming bird. It was collecting pollen from my Dianthus flowers. I've googled it and it looks like it's a macroglossum stellatarum, although it would seem that my garden in Manchester would be a highly unlikely habitat for it I have made a video of it. Can anyone confirm what it is please. I'm 52 years old and have never seen one of these before!
You've correctly id'd it yourself. What a fantastic find to have one in your garden and to get such good video footage of it! I've only ever seen one once before, last summer, and was so excited.
That's a great find for your nexk of the woods, and a great video - well done.
I've seen them in Surrey, and they are quite common here in my garden in Cyprus. But they are always fascinating. They can move their proboscis so quickly between florets, it makes me wonder what's going on... While drinking from one floret are they planning which one to go to next? Or do they just pick at random? And do they remember which flowers and which florets they have visited recently, and avoid those until they've had long enough to replenish their nectar?
I captured a similiar moth and its cousin but it was made by multiple exposures
Great video Steve. I was so excited when I saw mine last summer as I managed to get was extremely blurred photos that are truly dreadful.