This is what a hummingbird hawk moth looks like, and until yesterday we’d never seen one in the garden.
Sadly I missed it’s appearance, but my Dad saw it and ran for his camera. Here’s what he got:
My Dad had no idea what he was seeing! You can make out the orange on it’s wings and it’s odd looking rear end.
This shot has a bit more detail. Here it is a big bigger..
You can clearly see the colouration in this one. If you look closely you can even see the proboscis.
I think Dad did pretty good with his old small camera 🙂 and our buddlia has done a good job bringing in the butterflies and moths this year.
ETA: It came back! More HERE