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xenomorph



Joined: 17 Jul 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 5:54 pm    Post subject: ID help? Reply with quote

Hi,

I noticed a hoverfly near our budula (sp?) tree yesterday that I'd never seen before and maybe someone can identify it?

I didn't get a really close look at it but it seemed to be about the same size as a large bumble bee but with an oval body. It was taking nectar from the budula using its proboscis (sp?) that was approximately the same length as it's body...or maybe a little longer. The prob. was dead straight whilst it was hovering in flight - quite an impressive sight as it looked like an insect hummingbird.

I couldn't see any colouring as I was looking from below it with the sun in the background...although it might naturally be all black Wink

Cheers,
Xeno
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conopid



Joined: 03 Sep 2005
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Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile This was probably a Humming Bird Hawk Moth.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk/content/images/2005/12/22/humming_bird_hawk_moth_lee__470x300.jpg

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xenomorph



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that's it. It's roughly the same size as what I saw.

I never thought it would be a moth as it was in the middle of the day and I thought moths were mostly nocturnal.

Well, you learn something every day...!

Thanks,
Xeno
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