The balcony observer's 150th report- Humming-bird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum spp) 長喙天蛾

by Tsao T-F June. 08, 2019 210 views

While feeding on flowers, a humming-bird hawk-moth with a hovering behavior, accompanied by an audible humming noise, looks remarkably like a hummingbird.

長喙天蛾,號稱台灣蜂鳥,是日行性的蛾(台灣的天蛾科約有八十多種,大半都是夜行性的)。訪花時,常以不可思議的飛翔軌跡瞬間轉向(因此拍照不容易),在花上定點振翅停滯於空中,或是橫飛、倒飛,再伸出長長的口管凌空吸食花蜜。腹末有一排長毛簇,如同飛機尾翼的功能可以保持平衡,常讓人誤以為台灣也有蜂鳥(其時台灣沒有蜂鳥)。因長得像會飛的蝦子,所以也有人稱牠「天蝦」或「飛蝦」。圓溜溜的大眼睛、尖尖的嘴,我覺得有點像隻會飛的迷你海豚。

A humming-bird hawk-moth (Macroglossum spp) taking a very short stay on a bougainvillea flower (Bougainvillea spectabilis) on my balcony in the morning (AM 5:30) in Taichung, Tawan. 早上五點半,一隻長喙天蛾(Macroglossum spp)短暫停留在我陽台上的九重葛。

A humming-bird hawk-moth (Macroglossum spp) taking a very short stay on a bougainvillea flower (Bougainvillea spectabilis) on my balcony in the morning (AM 5:30) in Taichung, Tawan. 早上五點半,一隻長喙天蛾(Macroglossum spp)短暫停留在我陽台上的九重葛。

The moth is stagnant in the air with a very short duration and is sucking nectar from the flower using a proboscis.
The eating skill makes it look like a hummingbird. 就像一隻蜂鳥,長喙天蛾表演了牠的絕技:快速振翅短暫停滯於空中,再伸出長長的口管凌空吸食花蜜。

The moth is stagnant in the air with a very short duration and is sucking nectar from the flower using a proboscis. The eating skill makes it look like a hummingbird. 就像一隻蜂鳥,長喙天蛾表演了牠的絕技:快速振翅短暫停滯於空中,再伸出長長的口管凌空吸食花蜜。

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Bethany Plonski 4 months, 3 weeks ago

An amazing creature, and wonderful photos on the bougainvillea!

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you!

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Jay Boggess 4 months, 4 weeks ago

WOW! Never knew these existed! Nice work!

ps...thanks for "liking" my robot rooster image

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Olga Helys 5 months ago

Wooow 
Great captures!

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Tsao T-F Replied to Olga Helys 5 months ago

Thank you, Olga.

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Heike 5 months, 1 week ago

I have seen several in France/Bretagne one time. They seem to have a weakness for pink flowers. smileFunny creatures.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Heike 5 months, 1 week ago

Wow, we are all very lucky to see the funny guys.grinning

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Andi Saw 5 months, 1 week ago

We have them too... I mean, I have them in my garden. 
They scare the hell out of me everytime! smile

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Tsao T-F Replied to Andi Saw 5 months, 1 week ago

I am great to hear that you have them also.
They have no poison nor stinger. 
They don't bite anyone. 
You don't need scare.

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Andi Saw Replied to Tsao T-F 5 months, 1 week ago

It's a rare creature to meet in my garden. 
I got scared because of the noise they make. 
I hear the noise and I wonder "WHAT is THAT?"
Then I see the insect and I remember... :)

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Tsao T-F Replied to Andi Saw 5 months, 1 week ago

smile

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