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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a moth??

UK gardens could soon be invaded by an influx of moths that look remarkably like hummingbirds, due to warmer autumns and winters.

The striking hummingbird hawk-moth is a native of North Africa and uses a long feeding tube for sucking nectar out of the flowers.

They also have a wingspan of around two inches, with wings beating so fast an audible hum can clearly be heard.

Butterfly Conservation, which conducts official counts of the UK moth population, says sightings of the species have increased by more than 230 per cent to almost 1,200 so far this year. Last year fewer than 500 were spotted.

via Mail Online.

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September 5, 2009 - Posted by | animals |

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