I was folding some of the socks I'd just brought in from the clothesline this morning, and this little guy flew out of one of them.
Just about scared the s*¡t out of me!
Once I recovered from the initial shock, I thought it was pretty funny, since this is one of my favorite kinds of moths. When they fly the look like this (not my picture):
It's a Macroglossum stellatarum, or commonly known in Spain as a Esfinge Colibri (Sphinx Hummingbird). They do look a lot like tiny hummingbirds when they fly. In fact,the first time I saw one I thought, "Huh? Hummingbirds in Spain? Wait a minute, that's impossible, they don't have those here!" But I doubted, just for a minute. Even my husband did a double-take until we finally figured out it was just a moth.
Since then, this has been "my" moth, and Esfingecolibri is my pseudonym in places like YouTube and Flickr. (Maybe this one just wanted his fifteen minutes of fame in a YouTube video, but he took off too fast for me to take one).
Well, The one in my sock got away...and now he's loose somewhere in the house.
I'm expecting the cats to bring me a present any time now...