Two days ago at 10:00 pm in fading light saw a large moth on my Lavender (half a dozen plants that look as if they may be feeding half a dozen bumble bee colonies and a honey bee nest somewhere given the numbers feeding and 3 or 4 different spiecies of bumble bee).
It was constantly flapping wings at the same rate whether flying between the flower heads or feeding and unlike the other moths didn't seem to be making a solid
landing at any point. Floating between the flower heads like the bees and barely touching if at all, difficult to say as usually the other side of the head to me, but given the reduced light it was impossible to determine any colour.
Came back with a small torch but it had disappeared.
Somewhat dubious about finding a Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the centre of Coalville but can't find anything about other moths feeding like this or examples of similar behaviour
This certainly sounds like a Hummingbird Hawkmoth. They've had a good summer and there have been a few around. Keep your eyes open and send us a photo!
caught the same moth with a torch and looks like one of the larger barred constantly in the state they get into if you turn the lights on when they're trapped in a room as was already behaving like that before i turned the torch on it.