Some people relish a challenge, me not so much. Nowadays I much prefer the ‘easy life’. That said there has been an insect in the garden that threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to photograph it. The creature in question is the Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum). These are summer migrants mostly from southern Europe. Some years they appear here in good numbers, this is one of those years. The difficulty in getting a good image is they are hyped up and seem to run on a mixture of full strength coffee and nitromethane! Luckily the little devils love Red Valerian, a flower that we have plenty of in the garden. So it was a case of bide my time and be patient.