Speedy the Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Speedy visits the flowers in the garden but skips over the bird food. She looks similar to a hummingbird but is actually a very special moth.

When Speedy hovers, her wings beat at 85 beats per second! Faster than a Starling (45), Hummingbirds (12-80) and way faster than a bat (17) or an Eagle (3)!
It’s possible you hardly will notice if speedy flies through the garden. You might wonder: “Did something just fly past me?” “What was that?”

Speedy loves the Red Valerian (shown below) & Verbena flowers in Spooky’s garden. She also likes to show off for the camera.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Netherlands)