It's a bird, It's a plane, It's a... moth?
We have discussed a lot of big bugs, but none of them were able to fly like the Hummingbird Hawk-Moth. This bug is located throughout the northern area of what is called the Old World. This Is an area that includes the northern parts of Africa, all of Europe, and most of Asia. The Hawk-Moth is a very strong flier, just like the hummingbird that it is named after. They are most active during the summer, and in some areas very far north in the Old World, it will get so cold that it will kill these bugs. When winter hits the entire area that they live in, they almost all die. Surprisingly, a few of these bugs have been spotted in areas of Texas and Florida, although these sightings are very rare, and they most likely do not have enough of a population to begin growing quickly.
The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth raises about two broods of babies every year. The eggs are much smaller around than even a half of an inch. they take between 6 and 8 days to hatch after they are laid. Each female can lay up to 200 eggs in one sitting! The females lay their eggs on plants that the larvae can hatch, and immediately start eating. As they grow they begin to get some color. They go from being a clear yellow color to bright green with two grey stripes going down the sides of their bodies. They also grow horns, which are red and change to blue as they get older. When it is finally time for them to turn into their adult form, they create a cocoon and hide in it as they transform into the full grown flying Hummingbird Hawk-Moth. When this transformation is complete the adult has a wingspan of around 2 inches.
Just like a hummingbird, this bug flaps its wings extremely fast, allowing it to hover. It also has an extremely long tongue, that allows it to feed on nectar filled flowers, again, just like a hummingbird. It has been studied, as it is known and perceived as having a very good memory. It is able to identify and remember colors, and chose the color that in the experiments would give it nectar to eat. Although this bug cannot survive in cold weather at all, these bugs are known as the bug able to withstand the highest temperatures. They have been found in areas with temperatures of over 125 degrees!