Saw this strange insect on my Buddleja bush tonight. Unfortunately it wouldn’t come down low enough to get a pic of it so here’s a description.
It had a very long probiscus - about 1 inch in length and the body was also about 1 inch, so altogether whatever it was was roughly 2 inches long.
It had a furry body, similar in markings to a bee - black with yellow and white stripes and beat its wings very fast. The wings seemed to be orange in colour.
It reminded me on a humming bird with the fast wing beat and it sipping nectar.
Could this have been a Bombylius Major?
If so, it’s the first time I’ve seen one and it was fascinating to watch. I’ll keep an eye out for it again and if I can get a pic of it will post it.
It sounds like a hummingbird hawk moth. They can be seen in the UK but very common in Mediterranean countries. I saw them for the first time in Menorca, lovely
Thank you Suzanne. Looked at a pic of one and that’s what was in our garden tonight. I hope I see it (or them again). It was lovely to watch - just like a miniature humming bird.
Hi Lovebumblebees & Suzanne,
I think Suzanne is right but I’ve only ever seen a humming bird hawk moth once and my camera was in the house, the other side of it! They are very fast and amazing to watch. Lucky you!