which hawk moth?
Location: kibbutz mashabe sade negev israel
April 15, 2011 2:22 pm
hi i live in the negev in israel on a kibbut. i saw these moths flying around in the garden like humming birds thats how i tracked them down to hawk moths.maybe hippotion, am i right? they move with incredible speed took a while to work out how to photograph them. noticed them for about a week and now they seem to be gone, do they migrate? any additional info would be great. thanks
We are nearly certain your moth is a Striped Hawkmoth, Hyles livornica, a common species in Israel that can get quite plentiful. You may compare your individual to the images posted on the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic website. We recently posted a photo of Striped Hawkmoth Caterpillars from Israel and we have also posted images of great swarms of the moths from Iraq. We are preparing your letter to post live to our site in several days during our absence from the office. Your photos are quite marvelous.