Hawkmoth on the Honeysuckle

Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum 
This Hawkmoth is the closest thing we get to a hummingbird in the UK. When we have seen them in the past it has usually been later in the summer, feeding on phlox nectar on still evenings in the garden.
Their delicate proboscis extends further than their body length to reach down into long flower flutes and our huge honeysuckle provides plenty at this time of year. They are strong flyers, so their summer distribution to extreme northern latitudes is not uncommon, though a sighting this early in the season suggests an insect of more local origin as we sit at the upper edge of their year round range.
Blue – possible summer distribution  Green – all year  Yellow – winter

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