Sunday, 19 May 2019

Australian Bee Hawk Moth


Photograph Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Hawk moths are large and attractive, and can be seen the world over. Bee Hawk moths, like this Australian Bee Hawk Moth Cephonodes kingii, are day flying, with clear wings and striped bodies that resemble bumble bees. This one was photographed in a garden in south-east Queensland, nectaring on lantana. Gardens in the northern half of Australia are where this species is typically seen.

Photograph Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.


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6 comments:

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    1. Never thought of that. I thought it was poignant of Bob Shorten to say he wished he could have won the election 'for Bob'.

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  2. Seems to be behaving like a huming bird?

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    1. Yes. A related species in Europe is called the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. But of course, no actual hummingirds in Australia or Europe.

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  3. Great photos... I do miss them as you don't often see them in the UK C

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    1. They are always a delight to watch, aren't they?!

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