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It was hovering and in between it was very fast and hard to photograph. I'm not even sure if it is an insect? Photographed in Germany.


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It's hard to tell from your photo, but you should check whether Macroglossum stellatarum (German: Taubenschwänzchen/ English: hummingbird hawk-moth) looks similar to what you've seen.

This moth is living in Germany (and other regions) and due to it's way of flying (hovering and audible humming) it's sometimes confused with a hummingbird.

  • $\begingroup$ Seems to be right. I tried hard to make a good photo but it was too fast and I never got it into the seeker fast enough... $\endgroup$ – mike Aug 31 at 17:41
  • $\begingroup$ @mike I've seen it once and fully understand that it's hard to take a proper picture :) $\endgroup$ – Arsak Aug 31 at 19:13

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