Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:19 PM
About a month ago, we saw this flying around the flowers pictured, near a river and the gardens of Osaka Castle, Japan. Sorry I couldn’t get a better picture (despite having a DSLR) – it wouldn’t stay still long enough. Pretty big really… with the body perhaps 3 or 3.5 cms long. Image has been sharpened to bring out details better. Don’t bust a gut on my behalf – just curious :-). Regards, Tony
answering own question
Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:34 PM
Sorry – my friend found the answer to my query of 10 minutes ago: seems the bug is a Pellucid or Hummingbird Hawk Moth, for which a much better picture exists at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jshillaw/515960768/
Hope I haven’t taken your time… Regards, Tony
The Flickr page you sent us to indicates: “It’s Japanese name is オオスカシバ (Oosukashiba ” but we wanted to try to find out the Linnean binomial name. We googled Oosukashiba and found a site that listed Pellucid hawk moth = oosukashiba = Cephonodes hylas. The Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic was our final destination. There you may find fabulous life cycle photos as well as maps and information.