Hummingbird hawk-moth

When I was younger I remember seeing a nature documentary talking about this intriguing insect.  Imagine my surprise, years later, to find some of these critters in my own garden.

They truly are mesmerising to watch, if you can get close enough.  They are one of natures’ most energy inefficient insects since they consistently have to feed to replace the energy spent hovering.  This is actually not dissimilar to real Hummingbirds.

Read more about them here: (Macroglossum stellatarum)

Below is a slo-mo video I took of the one in front of my house: