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What is this animal?

the animal

Characteristics:

  • Has a long curved bill.
  • Has green upper body and a dark black lower body.
  • Likes petunias.
  • Hovers like a hummingbird but is a bit smaller.
  • Has small rear feather-like tufts and is very odd shaped.
  • Moved quickly from flower to flower.
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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, that's definitely a duplicate. I'm voting to close. $\endgroup$ – user24284 Jul 9 '17 at 7:35
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I just turned my answer into a community wiki, so I don't get any more points for this answer. $\endgroup$ – user24284 Jul 9 '17 at 7:41
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That's a lepidopteran insect called hummingbird moth.

There are several species of hummingbird moths. Their more distinctive feature, as the name implies, is that they hover just like a hummingbird.

Your photo is not the best one for identification, but it seems to be a hummingbird hawk-moth, from the Genus Macroglossum, specially because the rear feather like tufts (which are just elongated setae).

Here is a better photo, for comparison:

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Macroglossum stellatarum

However, according to the colors you described, your species is probably different from that in the photo above.

Here is one flying (from a different species):

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you know the typical habitat. I was left puzzled during a visit to Lantau Island, Honk Kong and this looks similar. $\endgroup$ – snow6oy Jul 8 '17 at 21:09
  • $\begingroup$ It depends on the exact species. $\endgroup$ – user24284 Jul 9 '17 at 1:54

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