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Moth: African Hummingbird moth

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Moth: African Hummingbird moth

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:49 pm

African Hummingbird moth... The name says it all! Macroglossum trochilus are unique moths that looks like they are fur-covered. They look like tiny hummingbirds as they flit from tubular flower to flower.

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Re: Moth: African Hummingbird moth

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:01 pm

Amazing. Thanks JvR. Really awesome pics. And I have learnt something!
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Re: Moth: African Hummingbird moth

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:51 am

DinkyBird wrote: And I have learnt something!


Long time no "Hi", Deebs! So, what have you learnt? :roll:
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Re: Moth: African Hummingbird moth

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:57 am

JvR :yaya:

I have learnt that there are such moths on this planet. I thought a moth is a moth is a moth; that flies into the flame. :wink:

I have learnt that there is SO much to nature, so many things I will probably never ever know about and get to appreciate.
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Re: Moth: African Hummingbird moth

Unread post by bert » Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:05 am

Great pics
I have its european relative in my garden during the summer :thumbs_up:
A amazing moth
goes through 2 generations in europe
The 1 st flies home during autumn
(home being Spain :shock: )
Then comes back as second generation to lay eggs and die in The Netherlands again


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