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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

African Humming Bird Moth (Macroglossum trochilus)

Family Sphingidae
After all these years of taking pictures of our smaller critters, I have learnt not to be surprised when I find something which does not look to be what it is, as in the case of this Humming Bird Moth. You wonder how it can be classified as a MOTH when it clearly looks like a BEE. :)

Not only that, but they feed on the same kind of food as bees do eg. tubular flowers and especially lavender. They are about the same size and coloration too.
See also: http://saphotographs.blogspot.com/2009/02/african-humming-bird-moth_11.html