They aren't to be found in Japan either, they exist only in the Americas. So I was really taken aback today as Momo and I took an early morning walk and I heard that humming noise. I looked and for a moment thought I saw a hummingbird.
It was hovering like a hummingbird, making the same sound as it furiously beat its wings hundreds of times per second, and was going from flower to flower just like a hummingbird. I'd never seen such a thing. At about 6 or 7 cm (2.5 inches) in length, it was a bit too small to be a bird - perhaps some kind of insect. It had orange coloring on its wings and what looked like a long pointed beak. After hovering at a few flowers just a meter or so distance from me, it flew away.
What I had seen was a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth. A big moth. The beak is actually its proboscus which it curls up when not in use. Maybe my readers have seen them before, but this was my first and I hope I see another soon. They are really beautiful and like the hummingbirds, fascinating to watch.