Location: Kunming, China
January 5, 2011 4:22 pm
I came across this very large bug wich looks like a cross between a bee and a hummingbird in the southwest of China in october.
I wonder what it could be, do you know?
Your observation that this looked like a cross between a bee and a hummingbird is quite astute as many of the diurnal Sphinx Moths like your example are known as Hummingbird Moths. We will need to take some time to research the species, but we imagine it can be found on the Sphingidae of the Palaearctic website. We are also very intrigued with the flower it is feeding upon, the Cosmos, and your photograph of the Cosmos meadow. Is that a wild meadow? Or is it, perhaps, a cultivated garden?
Thank you for a very quick reply. The meadow is most probably cultivated in a manner to look wild. It was in a place called Stone Forrest which is a park surrounding a special kind of rock formations found outside Kunming.
That makes sense. We thought afterward that we believe Cosmos are native to Central America, but we did not research that.
Ed. Note: January 7, 2011
Now that time has permitted, we researched the origin of Cosmos, which is Mexico to South America according to a Horticulture website we found.