To my surprise, I received a massage from them in less than a day and here is what Daniel wrote: We believe we have identified your diurnal Hawkmoth as Macroglossum micacea based on images posted to Butterfly House where it states:  “The adult moths of this species have dark brown forewings sometimes with indistinct paler bands across them. The head and thorax are greenish, and the abdomen is yellow with a black band, and a square black mark on the segment behind the black band.. I am trying to create a map of all the sightings Any luck with the slow mow download? The butterfly can suck nectar from up to 100 flowers per minute. We have just seen three of these in our ice cream bean trees and live in Julatten fnq. I’ll look forward to reading more about this beautiful creature. About two weeks ago I have experienced something out of my ordinary. Great to see all this info! I have a feeling that perhaps they are not as rare as we might think, but rather that not so many of us stop and investigate the creatures around us as much as we can be investigating? I can understand why you thought you were crazy, I thought I was too, and secretly hoped, it was a bird, but I know we don’t have hummingbirds in Australia. Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Couldn’t believe my eyes when I was looking at my Pentas the other day. The tufted deer prefers to graze at dusk. Upon our foriginal sighting we at first thought it was a Hummingbird too, but then did our research and found out otherwise but nonetheless still just as mesmerised!! Magical little creatures!! We use cookies to improve our service for you. I have had the utmost privilege and delight at seeing this little moth. Since they are in the same genus, the similarity to Macroglossum stellatarum is understandable. The Vine Hawk Moth is a brown hawk moth. I’ve decided to ask What’s that Bug. Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Macroglossum micacea, Wilkesdale, SE QLD, Australia I started craving for my camera. Photos were a fail. Regards Ben Olsen. I do not understand your question: “Can you confirm if this was correctly identified as a species that is only recorded to occur elsewhere in the world?” Are you asking if the species identified in the article occurs elsewhere in the world? Thanks to your post, I now know what I saw. Hi Cherie, where abouts are you? Fascinating post Sandra … extraordinary photos of an extraordinary creature and I am fascinated to follow your search for an id on this moth. Thank you for letting me know . Then I spied some antlers. I followed the very adamant creature trying to capture it’s beauty on camera. The genus I began to suspect the moth must be from is Macroglossum, but I could not find photos of any similar species in Australia. You could just make out the body, a light brown with and orangey/red spot behind the head? Latest update on Hawk Moths in Australia. Came to this post and conversation . The outer edge of the forewing has a... Nephele subvaria is a brown hawk moth from northern Australia The forewings are brown and males may have small white spot in centre of forewing near the leading edge. They are difficult to identify, I found. I have just seen them in our ‘Aussie Gold’ tree, feeding from the yellow flower stamens. I think we will have to map this data out haha, Sandra Add another confirmed sighting in Ashgrove Brisbane at 1300 on Pentagon flowers.A real thrill, Hi John, thank you. It is also pictured on the Papua Insects Foundation. They’ve been around for days and days, lots all the time. Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Macroglossum micacea, Wilkesdale, SE QLD, Australia. Hi! They were enjoying Pink pentas lanceolata. I asked my friend if I could borrow her SD card to copy the images onto my computer. I just spotted one of these in New Farm Park. It was just like a tiny hummingbird! Thank you for sharing Elwin, I wonder how many species we actually have in Australia?