The hummingbird hawkmoth’s long proboscis and its hovering behavior, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. It is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates (southern Europe, North Africa, and points east). It is a strong flier, dispersing widely and can be found virtually anywhere in the hemisphere in the summer. However it rarely survives the winter in northern latitudes.
Found this guy outside a car dealership, clinging to a car’s tire, sheltered from the wind. His wingspan was probably about the 7 or 8 inches. I’ve never seen such a large and colorful moth. What a beautiful surprise.
I think it’s an Atlas Moth, but I’m not completely sure. Feel free to correct me.
A WILD VOLCARONA APPEARED!