Japanese Hummingbird Moth
Location: Kawagoe, Japan (just north of Tokyo)
October 23, 2010 12:00 am
Hello Mr Bugman,
I was very happy to find Britta Stein’s recent post on your site, because I’ve seen this bizarre creature too, and couldn’t figure out what it was. The photos were taken on October 19, 2010. The uncanny thing is that it behaves exactly like a hummingbird. The flight is very similar; it can hover motionless (unlike many moths), and it likes nectar. I got the impression this one was about 8cm long.
One of my Japanese companions said that it was a moth, but I thought she was crazy. I owe her an apology!
Signature: Lewis James
Hummingbird Moth is a relatively generic name for any of the diurnal Sphinx Moths that appear to be hummingbirds as they hover before blossoms gathering nectar. The species submitted by Britta Stein is different from your moth. We believe you have submitted photos of a member of the large genus Macroglossum which is well represented on the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic website, and a likely candidate is Marcroglossum saga, which according to the Sphingidae of the Eastern Palaearctic, is found throughout Japan.