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sue127

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Can anyone help please?We live in Basse Normandy, France, about 60 miles north of Mont St Michel. Last night at 8.30 my husband was in the garden and saw a hovering animal taking nectar from one of our climing plants (honeysuckle) at about gutter level (15 - 18 ft I guess). This animal I would estimate to have a body of approx 2 inches and a proboscis of approximately the same size.
It was beating its wings in a blur to hover while it fed. The wing span would be a little more than the overall body length so maybe 5 to 6 inches. My immediate thought was hummingbird but the books for this region say they are not known here. It is definately too big for the hummingbird hawk moth which we have anyway. I can't tell you a colour as it was well into dusk but the rest of the info. is accurate, (and it was before the eveing glass of wine). Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated
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Sue
 
sue127 said:
Can anyone help please?We live in Basse Normandy, France, about 60 miles north of Mont St Michel. Last night at 8.30 my husband was in the garden and saw a hovering animal taking nectar from one of our climing plants (honeysuckle) at about gutter level (15 - 18 ft I guess). This animal I would estimate to have a body of approx 2 inches and a proboscis of approximately the same size.
It was beating its wings in a blur to hover while it fed. The wing span would be a little more than the overall body length so maybe 5 to 6 inches. My immediate thought was hummingbird but the books for this region say they are not known here. It is definately too big for the hummingbird hawk moth which we have anyway. I can't tell you a colour as it was well into dusk but the rest of the info. is accurate, (and it was before the eveing glass of wine). Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
Sue

I would suspect one of the many species known as hummingbird moths.
 
I agree with humminbird, those hummingbird moths have fooled a number of people.
 
sue127 said:
Can anyone help please?We live in Basse Normandy, France, about 60 miles north of Mont St Michel. Last night at 8.30 my husband was in the garden and saw a hovering animal taking nectar from one of our climing plants (honeysuckle) at about gutter level (15 - 18 ft I guess). This animal I would estimate to have a body of approx 2 inches and a proboscis of approximately the same size.
It was beating its wings in a blur to hover while it fed. The wing span would be a little more than the overall body length so maybe 5 to 6 inches. My immediate thought was hummingbird but the books for this region say they are not known here. It is definately too big for the hummingbird hawk moth which we have anyway. I can't tell you a colour as it was well into dusk but the rest of the info. is accurate, (and it was before the eveing glass of wine). Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
Sue

You saw a convolvulus hawk moth, I expect. We had one here last week and it is a big moth and similar to the hummingbird hawk moth. A lot of people are taken in by these moths, thinking they're hummingbirds, but hummingbirds do not occur in Europe.
 
I was just at Viviers France and videoed in full daylight in the sun the smallest hummingbird I have ever seen! I am calling in BeeAngel Hummer and I know the hummingbirds are only in the Americas but now ai don’t believe it! And have proof!who should I contact? National Geographic to report?
 
I had to cut this video short for inclusion in BF, which is a shame, but still shows a good view of a hummingbird hawk moth in my garden in UK today. I shot it in slow motion. They dart around between flowers very quickly in real time.
 

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I was just at Viviers France and videoed in full daylight in the sun the smallest hummingbird I have ever seen! I am calling it BeeAngel Hummer and I know the hummingbirds are only in the Americas -this hawk Humming-bird Hawk-moth was incredible! I took the photos from my iPhone video.
 

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