This is a neat article on the likely origins of the sprite mythos which never otherwise made much sense. However a singing moth capable of flying in an upright stance certainly can be convincing and its obvious shyness around large beings makes it unlikely to hang around for a close inspection.
It is also a reminder that rarities amply exist and that direct observation will be always sporadic and dependent on luck. It also means that the job is long from been done also.
I think this will turn out to be newly observed behavior of an established species. We clearly need more trained observers out there.
A MYSTERY MOTH FROM FAIRYLAND?
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Conversely, after reading through this extraordinary report, images of hawk moths readily come to mind, in particular something along the lines of the hummingbird hawk moth Macroglossum stellatarum – named after its famously deceptive outward and behavioural similarity to a bona fide hummingbird. Having said that, this insect is an exclusively Old World species, but might there perhaps be an undiscovered New World representative?