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is it a bird? is it, er, a moth?

The hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) is sometime mistaken for a bird.


Its long tongue and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by a distinct audible humming noise, make it seem remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. They have excellent visual ability. And did you know that Hummingbird hawk-moths have been seen as a lucky omen. In particular, a swarm of the moths was seen flying across the English Channel on D-Day, the day of the Normandy landings in the Second World War.And we know how that ended ... (don't mention the war, Ja?).


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