I'd like to have a name for this guy. There were 5 or 6 of them zipping around the flower bed on the coast of Peru about 120 kms south of Lima.enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Nice photo! :) :) $\endgroup$
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 13, 2017 at 20:42

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That is a hawkmoth, probably Hyles annei (Guerin-Meneville, 1839). It is one of a number of moth species commonly called "hummingbird," "sphinx," or "hawk" moths in the family Sphingidae.

Beautiful, isn't it? :)

edit - sorry, I originally misidentified this as Hyles lineata - the pattern is slightly different.

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    $\begingroup$ Image search on "hawkmoth" turns up some stellar photos. Here is a close-up of an eye. $\endgroup$
    – DavidS
    Mar 19, 2016 at 0:14
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidS That is amazing. $\endgroup$
    – Fiksdal
    Sep 13, 2017 at 20:43

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