For the past 3 or 4 days we’ve had a series of visits from a delightful hummingbird hawk-moth. It’s been a few years since I saw one, and it’s the first we’ve had in the garden.
Happily I managed to get a brief video of it.
It seems very keen on the Salvia, which has long flowers that suit the 3 cm tongue on the moth.
The bird-like appearance is clear, especially in the ‘tail’. Those orange flashes on the wing are distinctive too.
The hummingbird reference becomes even more apt when the moth goes flying past your head, wings humming as it does so.