Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Centranthus ruber

Here is a short video of a Hummingbird Hawk Moth on the Centranthus ruber in my rockery, June 2nd, using my iPad.

The Centranthus stood up to torrential rain Thursday, that has washed away a whole road just a kiolmetre or two from us. Thank goodness the storms are abating, but the heat remains. May was also a record month – the warmest on record, after the warmest April Β too. I hope June will not break any records!

Have a good weekend!

41 thoughts on “Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Centranthus ruber

    • I often pop out with the camera to see if there are any about, and if it’s dry there is always at least one. I have had years where there have been dozens at a time, but the population seems to have dwindled.

      • I wish we had humming birds in NZ! I’ve only seen them once – a delightful find when Nigel and I were wandering around streets in LA and I most unexpectedly spotted them feeding on flowers not far from the pavement that we were walking along. We were so excited to see them! (we didn’t even know they occurred in LA so it was a BIG surprise)

  1. I usually see these moths a few times per year in my garden. I haven’t seen them yet. Mine are drawn to Mondarda that is about this same color as your Centranthus. Always a thrill to see them. We do have hummingbirds too. We only have one or two in the garden.

    • I will have to give Monarda another go, as it tends to get mildew here. Lisa, I tried to comment on your beautiful peonies post, but it required a google log in which I don’t have! Anyway, it was a wonderful selection and great photos! πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you see them too Pauline. Much of the UK is too cold for them I think. The first time we saw one was on a beach in Norfolk when I was about 10 years old and we were absolutely fascinated!

    • I have only ever seen them on the Centranthus here, as far as I remember. Maybe on the buddleia too. None of my Verbena returned this year.

  2. Cathy the video is wonderful. I’ll have seen two or three of that kind of moth in the garden. Here what we have are very large and fat, adorable bumblebees. I love seeing them, they are all day in bloom or resting on a leaf. Cathy you have record of heat and I of low temperatures in April, May and what we have in June and predictions, and rain and storms: every day it rains and sometimes hails. Have a good weekend too. πŸ™‚ Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Thanks Jason. I agree they are a bit odd, with their markings and little fat bodies. (I’m afraid Dr Seuss never got as far as Europe, but I will have to look him up as he often gets mentioned by my American blogging friends.) I love it when one of the moths brushes against me – they are so tiny but create quite a breeze!

  3. I just posted about a hummingbird rescue in my backyard, Cathy, and then here I find your Hummingbird Hawk Moth! I’ve never seen one of these little beauties, and I’m fascinated! Your video is a delight!

    • Hi Debra. Yes, I saw your post earlier. πŸ™‚ Seeing these tiny creatures in our gardens is such an added bonus! I wonder if you have any similar moths in your part of the world. They would like the same kind of flowers as hummingbirds I suppose.

      • I’ve never seen the moths, or anything similar, but I am curious enough to begin to research a bit. When I first saw the video and before my eyes adjusted to the active fluttering, I almost thought I was looking at a little bird! Isn’t nature grand!

  4. Great catch, Cathy. Thank you for sharing this little gem. I’m sorry to hear about the excessive heat, followed by torrential rain. We all seem to be experience a new “norm”, none of which seems good for the planet. ;-(

    • Yes, the weather has been unusual and the storms quite scary… as I write another storm is passing over very slowly – with lots of rain. The rain is good, but not so much all at once!

      • I’m sorry to hear it’s coming down all at once. Rain can be incredibly destructive when it pours all at once. Many of the hurricanes on the east coast bring a lot of rain, and that’s what generally does most of the damage. I hope it will come to an end for you soon, Cathy.

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