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Hummingbird Hawk-Moth
What a cute hummingbird!

Scientific name: Macroglossum stellatarum
Habitat: Europe, North Africa

This animal flaps its wings very fast and has a long snout that it uses to drink nectar. Nectar. Yes, it must be a hummingbird. Right? Sorry, but the hummingbird hawk-moth isn’t a bird. It’s a day moth from the hawk moth family. The proboscis, which looks like a hummingbird’s beak, is almost 1.1 inch (3 cm) long. So: it’s clear to see where this moth gets its name.

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth Hummingbird Hawk-Moth - Photo: aaltair/Shutterstock

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